Let’s admit it: most people still do not get that introverts are normal human beings who enjoy the company of small groups. Truth is, we just need to recharge our introvert batteries often through alone time. But don’t let the fact that people think we are weird bother you–you are not alone and the force is with you. We have compiled 13 real-life struggles that we all experience every once in a while:
1. People think you’re boring.
Little did they know, you can be the most talkative person in the room when discussing your passion.
2. Putting on headphones to avoid conversations.
If the headphones do not translate as a “Do Not Talk to Me” sign for other people, I don’t know what will.
3. What do you mean, small talk?
Talk about your fears, your dreams, your favorite author, your childhood memories–anything but the traffic and weather. We introverts prefer deep conversations and get bored easily when someone talks about super random stuff.
4. The words “team building” aren’t in your dictionary.
The mere thought of forcing ourselves to socialize with others makes us cringe. But unlike parties organized by friends, attendance on team buildings are required by most companies so it’s hard to find a way out.
Are you kidding me? We’d rather stay in bed than pretend to be interested in other people’s stories.
6. Phone calls don’t exist.
For most introverts, texts and emails are a requirement because We. Hate. Phone. Calls. Imagine a job recruiter calling you impromptu and you can’t think of a brilliant thing to say when in reality, you imagined your job interview to be seamless. Now you lost your chance to work for them.
7. Round-table discussions make you sweaty.
Of course you have so many ideas in mind. Of course. You had it all figured out last night and you think your suggestion is better than the rest, but you flinch when it’s your turn because you can’t seem to find the courage to speak up.
8. That feeling you get when somebody interrupts your reading time.
Reading is one great way to recharge our battery and nothing infuriates us more than an annoying person who does not understand that the book is a virtual “Do Not Disturb” sign that means go away I’m reading and I don’t want to talk to you.
9. When the teacher calls random names for recitation.
Recitation is fun when you know the answer and you’ve rehearsed how to say it confidently but when the teacher calls your name randomly, that’s far from fun. We all have a tendency to panic when we’re asked to speak in front of so many people so we just uhm, oh, actually no, we stutter and grope for the right words to say.
10. Running for cover when you see an acquaintance on the street.
And when that acquaintance happens to be one of the most talkative persons on earth, you’re dead. So, you immediately run for cover, find a shield, or walk fast to avoid being identified by the culprit.
11. First days.
Can you imagine walking in an unfamiliar place full of strangers and having to introduce yourself to everyone? If you can’t, congratulations because you are a certified introvert! *virtual high-five*
12. When you need to recharge your introvert battery in the middle of a socialization.
Sometimes, we can’t help but feel the need to recharge when we are in the middle of a party of a social event. Large crowds bore us and the more time we spend alone, the happier we become.
13. Everyone asking you if you’re okay.
This one’s a classic real-life struggle of an introvert. The million-dollar question: Are you okay? The answer: Will everybody just shut up? (but of course you didn’t say this out loud because you don’t want to be rude so you just nod and smile). We feel you.
This was originally published on Introvert Diaries