Sometimes this personality type feels more like a curse.
As you may have guessed by the title, I am a pretty extreme Introvert. God knows I find social interaction a trialling activity at best, and I’m perfectly happy not seeing any other humans for weeks at a time without noticing or caring (excluding N of course). In fact, I kinda like it like that.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say I’m fairly sure the majority of bloggers are Introverts, if not only because of the preference to interact with people online rather than face to face… So most of you should understand these struggles:
1 | GROUP WORK/PROJECTS/ANYTHING INVOLVING GROUPS SUCKS.
Whoever thought teamwork was a good idea can go to Hell. I can’t even function in pairs, let alone whole groups of people!
2 | MEETING NEW PEOPLE IS DAUNTING BECAUSE YOUR WORDS WON’T COOPERATE
The idea of making small talk makes me cringe, and I usually say the wrong thing anyway, so my general rule is to just not talk. Yes, that is also very awkward but trust me it’s not as bad as what would come out of my mouth if I spoke.
3 | YOU ANALYSE EVERY SINGLE SOCIAL INTERACTION YOU’VE EVER HAD…EVER
Usually late at night when you’re trying to sleep. Sometimes you wonder what that one random person must have thought of you after an awkward hand shake 5 years ago.
4 | MENTALLY PREPARING YOURSELF FOR ANSWERING THE PHONE IS HARD WORK
Okay, so issues with the phone might actually be a social anxiety problem. But hey! What better crippling mix than an Introvert with social anxiety!
5 | SAYING NO TO GOING OUT IS SO SO DIFFICULT
ANY excuse will do, and sometimes it’s so Damn hard to make one up, especially in a house-share situation, when they know you’ll just be sat in your room.
Sometimes the peer pressure is just too much, and you go out, and then instantly regret it and wish you were at home snuggled up with Netflix.
6 | INVITING FRIENDS TO STAY IS A RARE OCCURRENCE
You mean, I have to constantly feel the pressure to entertain them 24/7?? What about ME TIME?!
7 | EXTROVERT PEOPLE.
What are these strange creatures, and what do they want?? My brain can’t handle this amount of output.
8 | YOU’D RATHER DIE THAN PRESENT/TALK IN FRONT OF PEOPLE
I didn’t use to mind doing this – I even did acting as a kid! I don’t know what happened, but now the thought just brings me out in a cold sweat.
9 | YOU NEED SILENCE TO WORK
I feel sorry for N and others who need to work around me. I can’t have music, radio, TV – nothing. If you’re talking, whistling or singing right now, God help you.
10 | NETWORKING AND BUSINESS STUFF IS DRAINING AF.
Must….be….professional. Must not let them see I’m dying inside…
Well, if you can’t relate to those then that must have been a weird insight into my life…