Being Introverted: Myths and Answers

‘So, are you a loner?’

A typical question about introversion. The answer is yes and no.

Let me put it this way, I love my own company. I’ve never once felt alone by myself or yearned for the company of others because I feel like I am isolating myself. In fact I love isolating myself from the outside world for a while. Does this mean I’m a loner? Yes, maybe. But I don’t think of it that way. Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with my friends, or going out to events (sometimes). But most of the time, I spend it with myself, or just doing a self-care routine.

I am actually quite an out-going person. I can keep a conversation going, and I’ve gotten out of that shy phase I’ve been in for quite a while. I found confidence in myself. I do often get pounced on though because I prefer the company of myself over others.

If I’m being completely honest, talking to others drains me. I dread opening up Snapchat or Instagram or Twitter, because I know I am going to have a ton of messages waiting for me. I feel terribly guilty sometimes, because I can happily go for days without talking to the closest people in my life. This can reflect badly on me, and I’m sat there thinking do they think I’m a bad friend? or I hope they don’t think I do not want to talk to them.

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People get this idea about introverted people. Supposedly, we are shy, loners and antisocial. I cannot stress this enough how untrue this is. When I mention what I’m studying in college, some can be confused and wonder how I’m studying nursing. ‘But like, you’re so shy, don’t you have to have a bubbly personality for that career?‘ I’m even rolling my eyes thinking about that question.

Just because I am introverted does not mean that I cannot be bubbly or great to talk to. The truth is, I value quality over quantity. I do not feel the need to talk to many people, as long as I am content with the few I do talk to. I’m not inclined to talk to people or make an effort with them, if I feel we will not click. Like I said, I have a bubbly personality, and I say things that make people laugh.

Sometimes the most extroverted people can be the most introverted. (Unless you’re in the middle, of course, which means you’re an ambivert.)

I guess the message behind this post is: it is not easy to read a person based off of what they show you. I’ve always been taught, do not judge a book by it’s cover.

xo caro

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20 thoughts on “Being Introverted: Myths and Answers

  1. Thank you for so bravely stating what we all go through in our lives. I believe everyone is both an introvert and extrovert at times. You may be an introvert but you are brave saying how you feel and I admire that in you. Your honesty makes you unique and people can relate with you because they feel how you feel.

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  2. I agree that its never a good thing to judge a book by its cover yet people continue to do it! The older I get the more introverted I become and value people that I click with too! I feel like talking to different types of people on a constant basis can drain me! It’s really hard work! Great post and thank you for sharing!

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  3. I’m a nurse and an introvert, it’s never stopped me saving somebody’s life, helping someone have a wash, comforting somebody that has just been given bad news, being assertive when I need to stick up for patients well being or delegating tasks and managing high pressure situations! I always got your too shy to be a nurse but none of those people know me when I’m at work x

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  4. Love this comment! It’s so true because how is anyone supposed to see how you perform at work. People can be so quick to judge. I’m glad you are so great what you do and thank you for reading!

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  5. There’s a huge difference between being shy and being quiet and I don’t think people get that. Thank you for sharing!

    Tish | thesundaydiary.co.uk

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  6. Great post! I’m an introvert too and I spent a year doing sales, being a super bubbly person, and talking to hundreds of people a day. I’m able to be that bubbly and energetic but it’s definitely very exhausting at the end of the day.

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