Most think of introverts as shy people who don’t like to talk. Nope. Not true at all. Introverts do talk, but they need a reason and the topic should interest them enough too. If not they just shut up and remain quiet. How do I know? I know because I am one of them. Here’s how it goes. If you and I got talking there’s a good chance that at times I might be forgiven for chewing your ear off. On the other hand, there’ll be occasions when you might be excused for thinking I have swallowed my tongue.
When I first came across the 10 Myths About Introverts, I was thrilled to bits. It fit me, it fit me, AND HOW! Take the third one in the list (all of them fit!) for example. Myth #3 – Introverts are rude, it says. If I could have a rupee for each time someone thought I was rude when in reality I was anything but (not even in my wildest dreams), I’d be a millionaire by now. No, a billionaire. Truth. No kidding.
So what’s the truth behind this myth? Here it is right from the horse’s mouth, umm keyboard:
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. (link)
You can say that again. And then again. How I wish all were real and honest. The worst part in this? Your own real and honest (NOT blunt, mind you, but purely real and honest) version is not acceptable to the world, it seems. People have become so used to sugarcoated lies that what’s real and honest grates on their nerves that they shun it. Sigh. There’s more:
Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Tell me about about ‘finding it all exhausting’. The exhaustion is so real that one needs plenty of me-time to get back to the original refreshed state.
Another one I like is the response to Myth #7 – Introverts are weird. Yeah, like really? The truth of the matter:
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. (link)
No following the crowds. Yes! Years back mother took me to the goldsmith to have a Palaykka necklace made for my wedding. The traditional Palaykka necklace has green and magenta stones in it, but I requested the goldsmith make it with a green and white combination of stones for me. He was disdainful of my choice. Palaykka was ALWAYS made with green and magenta stones. It wouldn’t look good, he told me. White was going to make it a disaster to behold.
The older women sided with him. That’s how it has always been made, they said. White won’t give it the look! But I stuck to my guns. It would look good, I said, and anyway I’d be the one wearing it. Reluctantly everyone agreed. Every time I have worn it since people have commented on its uniqueness. We have never seen a Palykka necklace in green and white, they tell me. This anecdote is NOT just about a necklace, but reflects my whole philosophy of life. Following the crowd is not an option I consider, nor what’s popular or trendy.
My favorite line: THEY THINK FOR THEMSELVES. Yes, yes, yessss, we do! You can’t spoon-feed us, can’t indoctrinate us. Personally, I’ll analyze whatever anyone tells me threadbare and arrive at my own conclusion taking into account other information available.
What’s more, I love people who can think for themselves. I am really sorry to say this, but interacting with those who don’t do their own thinking gives me terrible headaches. And that includes people with certain political leanings. Less said about them the better. I can already feel a headache coming on.
©Shail Mohan 2018
An interesting read.
Thank you, Anne 🙂
Introverts always follow their hearts and individuality. What’s wrong with this? I agree with this perspective and you need real courage to go against the crowd. So well analyzed Shail. It’s all about carving one’s identity for sanity in relation to blind followers of rules.
Thanks, Vishal 🙂
OMG OMG OMG. Are you spying on me ?
Every single point fits. EVERY SINGLE ONE.
I thought the same when I first read the post I have linked! 🙂
“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. (link)”
This describes me to a tee. Also am an introvert and more times than not am very quiet, but can be extroverted depending on who I am with. There’s this term coined as an “extroverted introvert”. I’m sure there are many of us there 🙂
I don’t understand though how in our culture, according to some, being an introvert and not talking is a bad thing. My dad’s side of the family is often quiet and don’t say much. It’s just how they are as people and it makes me mad that some people like to trash talk them because because they are not “social and talkative.” It’s like a sense of disrespect for them smh. It doesn’t mean we are don’t like anyone or love our relatives. It’s just part of our personality.
And also ditto on not following the crowd. You can’t always follow the crowd and do what others do, especially if you don’t want to be ostracized. I definitely don’t believe in following the crowd and think for myself, though I may get smack about it. I guess it’s the beauty of an introvert 🙂
Ha, so we are both in the same group! 🙂
Aren’t we both June babies? Maybe it’s a Gemini thing?