11 Things Introverts Want You to Know

Here are some of the biggest myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about what it means to be an introvert.

1. Introverts tend to be more reserved and inward-turning. They like to get to know a person more before engaging in a lot of conversation.

2. Introverts might be surprised to find that other people interpret the need to be alone as rude or dismissive.

3. While extroverts might accomplish this by asking questions and starting conversations, introverts prefer to listen and reflect.

4. It is important to understand that an introvert might simply need to get to know you better before they feel comfortable and willing to open up.

5. Introverts tend to follow their own interests rather than paying much attention to what is popular or trendy.

6. While introverts might need to have some time alone each day to gain back their energy, it certainly does not mean that they want to be alone all the time.

7. Just because introverts are quiet and enjoy periods of solitude does not mean that they have agoraphobia. Many introverts do describe themselves as "homebodies".

8. Another common misconception about introverts is that they are quiet and reserved because they have low self-esteem or lack self-confidence.

9. Small talk is something that makes most introverts cringe. What they need is a reason to talk. Introverts Don't Hate People.

10. Being quiet is not the same thing as being shy. Introverts don't need to be broken down and remolded into extroverts.

11. Both personality types need to make an effort to understand those who differ from them. Introverts have their own needs and quirks, just as extroverts do.

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