Common Life Challenges of an Introvert
There are basically three types of people classified on the basis of their nature- introverts, extroverts and ambiverts. You may most likely fall into the category of introvert or extrovert. If you are an introvert, it goes without saying that you may have a miserable time most often not due to your fault but the way society views this type of people. No wonder people make great efforts to convert introverts into more sociable beings.
Life is a daily challenge if you are an introvert and each moment you spend in the public place or in social gatherings can be painful for you. Most often you have to suffer in silence and you can’t trust anyone with your problems.
Here are some of the common problems faced by introverts in daily life
1. You May Have to Hang Out When You Want to be Alone
Most often the pressures of the job, deadlines or goals may not be as challenging as the need to hang out with peers for a get-together, party or celebration. In such situations, you may be considered anti-social if you don’t join them and feel miserable when you do go.
2. You are not Considered Good Enough to be a Leader
You may be intelligent, skilled in your job and has all the expertise required for a project, but you are not likely to be considered for the leadership role because you are an introvert. This comes from the assumption that a leader needs to be a good communicator and needs to keep people engaged at all times.
3. In Parties, You Have to Indulge in Talk You Don’t Like
Many a time, attending a party or celebration is not the issue but you are forced into joining empty conversations, gossip or jokes which you don’t like. You may be interested in serious topics on religion, philosophy, science but can’t initiate it in these gatherings.
4. When You are Quiet, People Think You Have a Problem
In a class or a group gathering, if you keep quiet or be alone, people think you are troubled or having some problem. It can be annoying to be asked often whether you are alright. It may be because you are thinking about something and prefer to listen more before you want to talk.
5. You are Blamed for Having Lesser Friends
You may be blamed for having lesser number of friends at home or in school or office. Most often your failures or setbacks may be linked to your introverted nature though extroverted people also have their short comings and disappointments in life.
6. You May be Invited to Address a Gathering
Sometimes you may be called to address a gathering and you find it difficult to make a speech. It is not because you don’t know the topic or the issues, but you prefer to have one-on-one conversations or even express better in writing.
7. Having too Many Visitors and Phone Calls Annoy You
For an introvert like you, nothing is more annoying than dealing with visitors at home or phone calls from strangers. You prefer to have a small group of friends to talk to and have small conversations on the phone.
Many successful people in life and business are introverts and they do have their unique strengths and they get energized when they are alone after some hours of socializing. Extroverts find energy by being among people while introverts wander with their thoughts and emotions within their mind. How many times you wished people understood introverts better and made their life happier! They could perhaps read the best sellers by Susan Kain, Quiet-The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.