Not Enough Alone Time
It's tough to live in an increasingly connected world when you need alone time to recharge.
Overthinking Every Interaction
Introverts tend to overanalyze, meaning you can easily get lost in your head by examining everything far too much.
Nothing terrifies you more than, "Let's all go around the room and say something interesting about ourselves."
Parties Full of StrangersParties are a field of landmines: remembering names and casual conversation.
When You're Having Down Time and Someone Comes Over to Speak to You
Most of the time, you don't want to chat with a coworker on your lunch break.
NetworkingNothing feels more agonizing than a forced conversation for the sake of selling yourself.
Needing Validation But Hating Attention
You need reassurance too, but compliments and praise mean an uncomfortable amount of attention.
Having To Repeat Yourself
It was stressful enough saying something the first time.
People with loud voices
Being Regarded As a Snob or Aloof Because You're Quiet.
Introverts prefer specific types of social interaction. That doesn't mean they shun it.
Keeping in Touch With People
You genuinely want to keep up with loved ones, but reaching out takes time and energy.
Having to Participate in Icebreaker Activities
Simultaneously Looking Forward To And Dreading A Fun EventA looming party/happy hour/celebration inspires dread and has you sweating.
Being Told To "Smile"
It gets old.
Small TalkAt the coffee machine or in an elevator, "How's it going?" are the most dreaded words in existence.
Being Interrupted Because You Paused To Think
Just because you took a second to think doesn't mean you were done talking.
Starting a new job or class.
Having Thoughtful Pauses Interpreted Negatively
You need time to think about your words and answer. This shouldn't be a bad thing.
Being called out in a meeting to answer a question.
all eyes turn to you...
It's not that you don't want to spend time with them. You just desperately need a few hours to yourself.
People Trying to Talk To You When You Are Reading
You brought the book specifically so no one would try to talk to you...
When People Ask "Are You Ok" Just Because You're Quiet
Just because you're quiet doesn't mean there's something wrong.
People Who Keep Talking After You Try To End A Conversation
You try to give a polite "Goodbye" or "I'll see you tomorrow" to indicate you're trying to back out, but they don't take the hint.
Returning To Work After a Long Vacation
Everyone hates returning from a vacation. But when socialization is already hard for you, getting back into the swing of daily interactions is extra exhausting.