When you hear the word introvert, I guess the first thought that comes to your mind is a person who prefers to live inside their personal bubble and who doesn’t like socializing with other people. You imagine a person who is quiet, shy, and reserved. But, there is so much more to this type of people than just being “quiet” and “aloof.”
Being an introvert in a world which seems perfectly made for extroverts is not easy at all. It’s constantly feeling like you’re the odd one out. Like you’re weird. It’s enduring the way others look at you – like you can’t stand, or I should better say, hate being in the company of other people.
The only way you can love an introverted person is by understanding their need for space and fully accepting them as they are, with all their quirks, unusual habits, and peculiar preferences. You need to understand that many things you find interesting and you’re okay with may actually appear foreign, annoying, and even unacceptable to the introvert.
So, if you have an introvert in your life, make sure you know what things will never make sense to them and suit their temperament.
Here are 8 of them:
1. Large gatherings and loud places.
It’s not that introverts aren’t interested in socializing – they simply prefer the company of their close friends, which usually vary from 2 to 5 people, rather than a room full of strangers.
Attending parties and going to crowded, noisy places, such as clubs, restaurants, and malls, make them feel uncomfortable and drain their energy.
2. Small talk.
What’s the point of talking with someone about the weather or about what their plans for the weekend are, or about their cousin’s husband who just bought a new house?
Introverts can’t stand superficial, idle, dull talk. Unless a subject is meaningful, intellectually stimulating, and interesting, they won’t even think about participating in the conversation.
3. The “shy” etiquette.
You probably think, too, that introverts are shy. But, just because they avoid crowded, loud places and they don’t feel comfortable being surrounded by many people, it doesn’t mean they’re timid.
These people are neither shy nor afraid to speak their mind. They’re simply careful and quite picky when it comes to choosing the people they want to hang out with.
4. Answering the phone.
Don’t expect an introvert to answer when you call. And this is not because they’re rude or they don’t want to talk to you. It’s because they want to do that in their own time and when they feel ready.
Introverts prefer to have a nice, long phone call and talk about meaningful stuff rather than having a short call during which they won’t share any valuable information with you.
5. Hugging with acquaintances.
If there’s anything that introverts value the most, that’s their space, both physical and mental. Hugging with someone they meet for the first time is the horror of all horrors.
So, don’t be surprised next time when you try to hug an introvert and they keep a distance from you. Introverted people will do whatever it takes to protect their boundaries.
6. Sharing a place with roommates.
Their home is the only place where they can recharge their batteries and be alone with their thoughts. Moreover, it always sounds better to an introvert watching a good movie on Netflix or curling up with a good book after a long, busy day than hanging out with others.
7. Loud, chaotic office.
Introverts need peace both in their mind and around them. That’s why it’s impossible for them to be productive and feel comfortable in a crowded, loud office.
Working in such environment distracts them and makes it difficult for them to concentrate on the task at hand.
8. Someone rolling eyes at them.
You may think that introverts don’t notice when someone looks at them like they’re the greatest weirdos on the planet, but you’re wrong. Introverts are, in fact, highly observant.
They notice and feel everything which surrounds them and there’s nothing more irritating to them than when they notice someone is rolling eyes at them. Just because they’re different, it doesn’t mean they’re weird.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.