Yesterday I came across an article online called “25 Signs That You Might be an Introvert”. Now I’ve always figured I was more of an introvert than an extrovert but I was surprised at how many traits I actually have including some weird little quirks that drive my family up a wall! For example:
Introverts dislike small talk…I put off getting my hair cut for this very reason! Making small talk with the hairdresser is painful!!! Waiting rooms are just as bad. I always take a book so I can avoid eye contact.
Introverts don’t like to be surrounded on all sides.…Yep, I like the aisle seat and at big parties I tend to stay near the door. Even in school, I sat around the edges of the classroom.
Introverts need quiet time to “recharge”…I get very crabby if I have too much to do. Hubby knows not to plan things for two nights in a row. Which brings me to the next trait….
Introverts tend to be in relationships with extroverts…True again. Hubby paces if he has too much free time. The whole concept of a “lazy Sunday” is totally lost on him. The article said that we marry extroverts so we can “ride on their fun bubble”! He does do most of the social planning. If he didn’t we probably would never go out!
Introverts have an ongoing inner dialogue….I’m a little embarrassed to find out that not everyone does this. I mean, I talked out this post in my head 10 times before I started typing!
Introverts don’t like talking on the phone….Caller ID is my best friend. I much prefer email or text. I can think things out first (see above).
Introverts notice the little things and are very good with detail oriented work….I am the official form filler of the family and I have always handled the finances including balancing the checkbook. Also, when I go to the movies or shows I tend to notice stuff my companions don’t regarding the plot and characters. This is probably why I love to read mysteries.
According to the article, being introverted is not the same as being shy. My children will tell you that I am not the least bit shy. They often complain that I will talk to anyone-“OMG, Mom! You’re embarrassing me!!” It’s just that introverts need quiet time. They recharge their energy by being alone. Extroverts do this by being around people.
So being an introvert is not a bad thing and it’s pretty nice to know that my personality actually makes sense! As far as the whole “Introverts Unite” thing? Well, maybe it would be better if we just grab a good book and find a quiet spot to read instead.😊