For all the introverts out there, I love you and I get you, but most people just don’t understand us. I am unapologetically introverted and I love it! I spent so many years apologizing and feeling bad or awkward about my sense of self, but now I just go with it. I have learned to embrace my introverted self. This is who I am and I love me, so love you and love your introversion.
Introverts prefer to drive their own car everywhere.
If you are an introvert you know exactly what I’m talking about. The last thing an introverted person wants is to be stuck anywhere that they don’t want to be. This is why we always drive our own vehicle. Also, you probably don’t want to hitch a ride with us. Trust me on this one, because when it’s time to go, it’s time to go. If you aren’t in that car when we leave you will be finding yourself another ride home.
Introverts will duck behind counters, isles or even cross the street to avoid a conversation.
I confess. I have done this more times than I care to admit. Introverts will go out of their way to avoid small talk, because we just can’t. We really just can’t, and when we have to it’s pretty uncomfortable for us, so we avoid the situation at all cost. So if you see me in the store and then I vanish like a magician, please don’t be offended.
(Photo by © Michaela @ Introvert Spring – http://introvertspring.com)
Introverts will leave unexpectedly (because they have had enough social time and really just want to be alone–right now)
Introverts are very good at disappearing (we have lots of practice from avoiding people in stores). It’s not uncommon to be with an introvert at a party and then suddenly realize that you haven’t seen them in a while. They don’t really want to bother with all the goodbyes and thanks for coming small talk, so they just leave. Trust me, they are fine. By the time you realize they’re gone they are already at home, in their pajamas, watching TV or reading a book.
Introverts like to work alone
Introverts can pretend to be extroverted team players, but deep down they don’t really care for teamwork. They do much better bringing their ideas to fruition if left in solitude. For an introvert, collaboration can kill creativity because they will most likely not speak out and just go with the flow. By forcing an introvert to be part of a “team” you are stifling their creative process. Just let us be. We will come through and you will be amazed.
Are you an introvert? Own it! I love the Introverts Manifesto by Michaela @ Introvert Spring. Start with #1 and keep going. It’s time to stop apologizing and start embracing your beautiful bad ass introversion.