We all have at least one friend who is always away from the crowd, sitting somewhere in the corner and paying attention to some rare phenomenon like the traffic on the road or just observing everyone around. These are the introverts. Introverts are often defined as a person predominantly concerned with their thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. This is very true.
People use the word introvert to describe their friends, but often, the word is not accurately used, and many people confuse being shy with being an introvert.
Therefore, here is an article to give you a deeper understanding of introverts and debunk all the myths you have:-
1. Shy people: – They are everything but shy. Introverts are not shy but rather very selective and choosy when it comes to people. You may ask how that is different from being shy. Let us take an example. A is an introvert, while B is shy—both of them like a girl. A would go and speak his heart out while B would be hesitant and reserved to share his feelings with the girl. Here, B might be a person who is an extrovert and shares everything with people, but he is shy, whereas A is introverted and does not share things with people but is bold enough to say what he feels.
2. Party haters: – One might have often come across the statement that introverts hate to party. No, Introverts do not hate to party, but they do hate crowds. If they were given the option to party with their few selected friends, no one would be as wild and carefree as they are! They do not like crowds and prefer solitude, but they would never say no to a party that includes their close friends! They might even go to a party and dance in a corner with their friends, but they would hate dancing with a huge group.
3. Do not talk: – The most rubbish myth about introverts is that they do not communicate with other people. They surely hate small and fake conversations, but they never shy away from having a real conversation with anyone they like. They can go on talking for hours and might even surprise you with how informative and knowledgeable they are!
4. Trust issues: – People often think that introverts do not trust others. Introverts have no trust issues. All they need is some time before they can trust anyone. They are very choosy and selective when it comes to trusting someone. They trust people, but they would never pour out their feelings to someone who is not trustworthy.
5. Bookworms: – It is an annoying myth that introverts are bookworms, and they love reading books more than anything else. This is a very common stereotype, and more than often, it would prove to be wrong. There might be most introverts who like to read, but there are also introverts who hate reading!
Therefore, go ahead, have a real conversation with an introvert, and you will be more than surprised to see how observant and entertaining they are! The above are some myths, which might hold for a group of introverts but generalizing them would mean stereotyping and killing their uniqueness!