In this world there are introverts and there are extroverts. And if we use the Myers-Briggs test, there are 16 different types of personalities that break down each introvert and extrovert. When I was in high school, I took the Myers-Briggs test for a college psychology class and was placed as an INFP. Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. That’s who I am. You can find the test online anywhere and figure out what personality type you are. It’s eerily accurate.
I can’t say much for extroverts, because I’m not one, but I can tell you what it is like to be an introvert. More specifically the truth about being an introvert.
1. We don’t like to socialize.
This is completely untrue. We do like to socialize, but in small doses. This is due to the fact that we get tired in big crowds or even being around people for 8 hours a day. We get drained easily and will want to run off to our happy places or go traveling by ourselves.
2. We are not realistic.
This is a common misconception. Though there are several introverts who are only idealistic, the rest are balanced between idealistic and realistic. For me, I am idealistic and realistic. The plans I have for the future are idealistic and realistic at the same time. But in my love life, I am extremely idealistic.
3. We are rude.
Sorry, but no. It’s not that we are rude. We just tend to not beat around the bush. We speak our minds. And we are not afraid to. According to my family and friends, I don’t have a filter on my mouth. Anyone who knows me, knows the fact that I am blunt and tend to speak my mind, especially when it is something that I am passionate about.
4. We are shy.
Just because we don’t approach someone, doesn’t mean that we are shy. As introverts we tend to read other people’s body language to see if they are going to hurt us or help us. It doesn’t mean that we are judging. We are just being cautious.
5. We always want to be alone.
Although we love to be by ourselves and enjoy our thoughts, we do like to have some company. Yes, we like to go on hikes, solve puzzles, discover uncharted areas by ourselves. But we also want to share those experiences with someone that we like. If we are constantly alone, then we can get a bit depressed.
6. We are all weird.
We are all individuals. That being said, we are all just a tad bit eccentric. And we embrace being eccentric. We don’t conform with society. Instead, we just end up being our eccentric selves and are happy.
7. We don’t know how to have fun.
This is a big misconception. We definitely do know how to have fun. It’s just a different type of fun that most people wouldn’t consider doing. For example: my kind of fun is hiking to a secluded area near a lake and relax, study astronomy, zip lining, having picnics on rock cliffs, light skiing, different types of workouts. Our type of fun is exciting but not adrenalin rushing. We only use our adrenalin when it comes to fighting for our causes and fighting the bad guys.
Yes, we tend to be blunt and honest, but we are also extremely sensitive. Our hearts are extremely sensitive. We feel what others feel. We can sense everyone’s energies around us and that makes us even more sensitive and vulnerable. The only thing that we as introverts want, is for everyone to accept us for who we are and embrace our eccentric introverted selves.