Understanding Introverts

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Introverts are regularly seen in a negative light, often because their way of behaving is misunderstood. About 25-30% of the population exhibits introverted qualities. These include territoriality, conservation of energies, concentration, solitude, and etc. Because most people are extroverted (they have opposite qualities of introverts), there are many misconceptions surrounding the behavior of introverts. The first one is that introverts are anti-social. In reality introverts just prefer engaging in solitary activities such as reading, daydreaming, because that is how they're wired. I'm sure there is a biological explanation to why they prefer solitary activity over social ones. The second misconception is that introverts like small talk. If you meet an introvert, there won't be much conversation between you two, so you feel the best way is to engage in small talk to break the ice. However, because introverts tend to be alone most of the time, they spend a lot of time thinking about, well anything, so engaging an introvert in a deep conversation is actually better. The third misconception is that introverts do not like socializing. Humans are social creatures, and everyone likes socializing at some point. Introverts just like to do it for shorter time periods because they need time to recharge, another misconception that introverts spend time alone because they want to. The last misconception is that introverts are socially aloof. The only place where this is true is in Hollywood movies, but in the real world, introverts are aware of conducting themselves properly in social gatherings, have manners (to the extent they're instilled by parents), and customs of their region. Understanding the false assumptions surrounding introverts can make extroverts more tolerant towards them.

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