Sunday, 30 August 2015

10 Myths About Introverts

Posted by Oyinlola Sobowale on Sunday, August 30, 2015 in | 13 comments
I found this  article by Carl King quite interesting (I'm sure you understand why). 

 


Myth 1 : Introverts don’t like to talk 
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth 2 : Introverts are shy
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
 
Myth 3 : Introverts are rude
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth 4 : Introverts don’t like people
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth 5 : Introverts don’t like to go out in public
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth 6 : Introverts always want to be alone
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth 7 : Introverts are weird
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth 8 : Introverts are aloof nerds
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
 
Myth 9 : Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth 10 : Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.



The summarized myths resonated with me that it spurred me to reblog content. I have been considered ALL of the above and more but hey how do you reckon the world would be without me or folks like me? Embrace diversity; it's beautiful!
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13 comments:

  1. WEIRD!!!

    Before reading this now, I posted something on my FB Page about introverts... (Wondering if this week is "The week of the Introverts"....Lol!)

    Anyway, many peeps don't understand much about us (Proudly introverted)...
    Let the lesson be that we are able to do so many things but we might just do them differently...

    Shalom...

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    1. Olusholaaaaaaaaa you did? Guess it's our week then. How have you been?

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  2. I remember my first year in school, didn't know one chic like that disliked me cos she felt I was too full of myself and was a total snob, till fate joined our paths through group work... she got to know me and realised that behind my very serious resting face, was a crazy individual who is fun to be with. (Her words oh not mine hehehehe)

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  3. now i'm officially an introvert. 100% resonance

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    1. Where are all the extroverts now? We should get them to express their thoughts on this one. Myth or no myth?

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  4. Ghen Ghen!! Omo mehhnn Eeezz not a joking Sturvzz eh! At some points as i read this Post toh Sure Bubba... I was shocked like NEPA wire, as some lines made it feel like "Shuo!! Duru na Introvert oh" as i felt all 'Introvertic' and all.. But then! bababubaM!! When I read #8 yeah.. I had that hallelujah someboRRy feeling.. Wo! Whether ya Introvert oh! Extrovert oh! or MiddleTrovert oh! The Koko is to sha have loads of fun in this one life that we live.. Dasall! #SingularVision

    Ehen that number #10 is so on point.. And i sooo second it! Awon Aye are always always trying to fix a certain set of people (leRRus call them set A).. All in an aim to make them able to adapt to the rest of the world (leRRus call them Set B).. But this post has made me shine my eyes like Zaki Azzeys torch light and it turned on the 60 watts bulb in my head... and brain :p.. and it has me thinking... What if its the rest of the world (Set B) that needs to be fixed?! what if it is the rest of the world (Set B) that need to be taught how to adapt to the special kind of people (set B).. I guess we will neFer know shaa...

    Kai! lola.. a neFer hexspeRRed it oh!!! I came to The MindPlosive's Blog without brain, and i am leaving with plenRRy brain.. #Aristotle kind.. Pppppprrrraaaiiissssee tha lawd someboRRy.. This is a miracle something biko .. **shines teeth..

    How are you Lola?! Ehen! hafa our Turn uP nah! **Wears Fine Boy smile.. :)

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    1. Hiya Lola.. Please we nominated ye for the Ms versatile Award.. please check it out below and do it if you can Nne.. Pretty please?! I beg you in the name of Gala and La'casera.. **Wears Puppy face...

      http://duruadolphusjnr.blogspot.com.ng/2015/09/oshey-versatile-ke-we-nefer-hexsperred.html

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  5. Myths indeed. I personally could pass for both intro and extro! I switch. I'm a mass of contradictions when I want to be. So if u asked me if were an extro... I go still say yes.

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  6. Myths indeed. I personally could pass for both intro and extro! I switch. I'm a mass of contradictions when I want to be. So if u asked me if were an extro... I go still say yes.

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  7. Myths!!!!! I am proudly introverted! While growing up, a lot of people called me a SNUB (or whatever that means) but my close friends and family know i am not. I just want people i can connect with around me. And when there is so much noise around me, i crawl back to my shell which i am comfortable in.
    Introverts rock but its always better to have a mix

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  8. Oh my!! I can relate to all the myths.
    And I've had a similar (lolha's) experience

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  9. I could resonate with this and more! Thanks for sharing.

    Permission to reblog this

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    1. I reblogged it too so why not. Do quote the original source though, it's in my introduction.

      Thank you.

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