Yes, you read that right. Us introverts hate them extroverts. To be honest, we can’t stand them. Here are 5 reasons why.
1. They feed off of our life force
Not that we’re antisocial, but spending too much time around people—extroverts in particular—drains us. So much so that we need a few hours or days of alone time to recharge our batteries. So basically, extroverts and introverts have a vampire-human relationship. What’s to love about that?
2. They can’t take a hint and keep talking
As the cartoon above shows, extroverts miss the social cues that indicate they should stop hogging the conversation and listen to others speak for a change. And for heaven’s sake, spare us the oversharing and small talk. We’d like to get to know you as a person over time, not all at once.
3. They judge us too soon
As if sucking up our energy and misreading our silences isn’t enough, extroverts have the gall to mislabel us ‘cold’, ‘antisocial’, or ‘unfriendly’. The worst part? They do so without even getting to know us. Maybe instead of being quiet when they are in the middle of their jibber-jabber, we should tell them to “please stop talking” like Regina George. And for really good measure, also hit them with “stop trying to make small talk happen. It’s not going to happen.”
4. They steal our spotlight
In most conversations, introverts take time to respond because we think a lot before we speak. So before we get to formulate a reply, extroverts proceed with the conversation by speaking for us as well. Thus, our thoughts barely ever get converted into words at social events. Which results in us being thought of us as dull or stuck up.
5. They claim they can fix us
Say what? We were never broken in the first place. Believe it or not, not everybody wants to be an extrovert. We don’t care to be the life of every damn event we host or attend. So stop thinking you need to teach us social skills that go against our very nature. And for the record, introverts and shyness are NOT synonymous. One can be both shy and an introvert though.
I could go on to list a few more reasons why introverts like me despise extroverts with a passion. But who’s got the time for writing that list? Not me.
Please note that this is all very tongue in cheek. We do not hate extroverts for their charming and outgoing ways. We only wish they were more inclusive of folks who aren’t like them. I have never met an extrovert who didn’t offend me by committing these cardinal sins.
We get it. You guys have the ability to make the most drab event LIT. But that doesn’t mean the rest of us are any less awesome. After all, the world needs introverts and ambiverts just as much as it needs extroverts.
Do you identify as an introvert, ambivert, or extrovert? How did this article make you feel? Go ahead and spill in the comments below.
PS If you are interested in knowing more about introverts and our many talents, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is all you need to understand and appreciate us. Click on the image below to get your own copy of this powerful book on Amazon.