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15 Myths About Introverts In

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Posted By Expanded Consciousness on May
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By Aletheia Luna
Were the creative Dr. Seuss, the soulful
singing Adeles and the eccentric Salvador
Dalis. We constitute a great percentage of the
worlds best thinkers, philosophers, scientists,
and artists. Yet we find ourselves bullied,
belittled, accused and misdiagnosed as being
socially and mentally inept, and threatening.
If one of the highest instincts in mankind is selfpreservation, its no wonder that many people
fear what they dont understand: the quiet and
insular introvert. Below are 15 of the most
popular myths about introverts, and why theyre
misinformed twaddle.
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Myth #1 : Introverts are arrogant assholes.
Truth : Were socially cautious.
Its true that introverts can come across as
being too cold or aloof, but this is because
were preoccupied with thinking and processing
information internally. We also like to keep to
ourselves around people who arent close to
us, and take great precaution in uncharted
territory. This makes us appear standoffish, for
sure, but our silence isnt snobbish self
aggrandizement. If we dont interact with you
much, it isnt because we dislike, or think were
too good for you. It just means that were still
cautious of you, or simply want to keep to
Myth #2 : Introverts are rude theyre
surly and ill-mannered.
Truth : Were selectively social.
We can be blunt, and appear slightly bored and
impatient at times, but this is because small talk
disinterests us. We prefer intimate and
meaningful conversations. We also become
physically drained easily if were around too
many people for too long. This can make us
appear not only rude, but avoidant as well,
especially if weve been invited to parties and
social functions that we turn down. This is
simply a quirk of our natural temperaments. We
rarely intend to be deliberately rude.
Myth #3 : Introverts always want to be
Truth : Were easily drained.
Many introverts arent loners. And even if they
were, whats so wrong with being a loner
anyway? The truth is, the majority of introverts
dont like to always be alone. Frequently, we
have one or two close friends we like to spend
time with, but at certain times and certain
levels. Although we value and thrive in alone
time, we value small doses of social time as
Myth #4 : Introverts dont like to go out
theyre agoraphobic.
Truth : Were internally stimulated.
Although we like to spend a lot of time in doors,
we dont suffer from a pathological disease. We
find our stimulation inside of ourselves with our
thoughts and our own hobbies. This means that
we dont need to go out all that often, as we
already have what we need to thrive. Introverts
also value the comfort, safety and privacy of
their own personal environments, which may
lead us to staying indoors more than other
people. We usually dont mind going out but it

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just isnt necessary to us.

Myth #5 : Introverts have no friends
theyre losers.
Truth : Were intimately selective.
Its true, we struggle to make friends in many
cases. But this is because we pick selectively
people who we think would make worthy longterm companions. Many introverts have one or
two friends to confide in, but the fact that we
take a while to open up to people means that
its difficult at first for us to make friends. This is
why many introverted children and teenagers
find themselves friendless in school. It doesnt
mean they exclusively like to always be alone,
and without any companions.
Myth #6 : Introverts are depressive
Truth : Were quietly complacent.
Just like depressive people, introverts can
come across as being quiet and detached. The
essential difference between depressed people
and introversion, is that introverts are
complacent in their quietness, whereas the
depressive are dissatisfied in their quietness.
There is such a thing as a depressed introvert,
but the majority of introverts are quietly content
in their world. They arent in constant conflict
with themselves and the universe, although
they do occasionally face issues, they arent
trapped in them, as depressive people are.
Myth #7 : Introverts are twisted weirdos.
Truth : We embrace eccentricity.
Its unfortunate that out of fear many people
make sweeping generalizations about the
nature of introverts. Being a twisted lunatic is
just another of them. True, we may do things
differently and have unconventional quirks that
deviate from the popular norm, but we arent
dangerous, or completely mad. Introverts feed
from their own worlds and minds, not those of
other people. This makes the introverts
behavior at times odd, and other times unique.
Perhaps this was how the world made its
greatest progress: through its introverted
scientists and thinkers and their individual
eccentricities which didnt vomit the same
repeated ideas.
Myth #8 : Introverts hate people theyre
Truth : We value people.
As quiet, thoughtful and occasionally skeptical
people, introverts can come across as being
people-haters. Of course, it cant be said that
100% of introverts value people, but a vast
majority of them do. Besides, not liking being
around people does not equate to not liking
people themselves. Introverts just value

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calmness and intelligence, and people in small

doses, which is why they can come across as
being brusque and short-tempered in hyperactive people environments.
Myth #9 : Introverts dont like to talk they
have nothing to say.
Truth : We speak selectively.
While people yap away and verbalize anything
that comes to mind, introverts prefer to quietly
hang by the fringes. They prefer to think before
speaking, and closely listen to what is being
said before contributing. If too many people are
present, introverts usually have a hard time
getting any word in, so decide to remain silent
instead. Theres no point voicing a well
thought-out opinion if it will fall on deaf ears. As
a result, introverts are usually labelled falsely
as people who dont like to speak, or who have
nothing to say. The truth is, we just speak
Myth #10 : Introverts are uptight partypoopers they cant have fun.
Truth : Were uniquely fun.
Introverts make their own fun, and tailor it
to suit themselves and their own unique needs.
Sure, we dont like to participate in drunken
karaoke, or sip pia coladas in elite social
clubs. But we have fun in different ways like
book clubs, making gnomes in pottery classes,
and designing our own web-comics Sure, we
may come across as being uptight and
uncomfortable in socially fun and
overwhelming situations, but this isnt because
were party-poopers. We just prefer to have fun
in different ways.
Myth #11 : Introverts are mentally inept
theyre stupid.
Truth : Were insightfully intelligent.
Many people falsely assume that introverts are
unintelligent because, one, they dont
frequently voice their ideas and thoughts, and
two, theyre too quiet and submissive. The fact
is, if people just stopped to listen and observe,
they would see that the introvert has a fountain
of useful knowledge and well-constructed
thoughts to contribute. Quietness does not
equal stupidity, neither does loudness equal
Myth #12 : Introverts are sneaky theyre
sly and devious.
Truth : We value solitude.
This is one of the more bizarre myths about
introverts out there. Some people assume that
because introverts go off by themselves a lot,
they have something to hide. Many people also

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become suspicious of introverts, especially

when they share so little of themselves to the
world. The truth is, introverts arent evil or
sneaky. Perhaps some possess these traits,
but most introverts simply need alone-time to
re-cooperate and revitalize not build bombs,
or swindle people.
Myth #13 : Introverts are shy.
Truth : We are reserved.
Its true that many shy people are
introverted. Yet not all introverts are shy
theyre just reserved, or in other words, they
like to keep to themselves and not involve
themselves in the affairs of other people too
much. The different between shyness and
introversion is that shy people are scared of
social contact, introverts arent. They just
prefer to avoid it in large quantities.
Myth #14 : Introverts have low self
Truth : We arent self-hating.
Of course, low self esteem is common to many
people, and introverts are no exception. But
most importantly, introversion is not defined by
possessing low self esteem. Even extroverts
have low self esteem, which manifests itself in
different ways to the introverts. The point is, by
default, introverts dont suffer poor self esteem.
Being quiet and detached from other people at
times is not an instant marker of self-hatred or
poor self confidence.
Myth #15 : Introversion is an affliction that
can be cured or fixed.
Truth : Introversion isnt curable.
If introversion is a deeply embedded
personality temperament mostly determined by
genetics, then it cant be cured. Its also false
to assume that introversion is some kind of
curse that should be fixed. Certainly, being
introverted has many down falls (including all
the false myths described in this article), but it
also has many perks and positives. See this
article to check them out.
The purpose of this article was to dispel 15 of
the most popular and harmful myths about
About Aletheia Luna
I create, I share, I teach, I mentor and I write
because it is what my soul tells me to do. I dont
consider myself to be perfect or complete, but I
do consider myself to be determined: a warrior,
voyager and healer in progress. Like you I
make mistakes, I feel vulnerable and fragile
but I work to accept these and hope to help you
do the same, to reclaim that powerful,
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