What comes to your mind when you hear this word?
“They’re antisocial and don’t like to talk.” – You yelled out.
The truth is far from it!
Introverts are not anti-social. They need alone time (in solitude) to recharge their energy. They like to talk and have a good sense of humor.
I am introvert and I like to talk to people I am comfortable with.
I like being an introvert and I think it’s a gift.
If you would give me the option to stay at home with an interesting book or going out to a crazy party…
I would definitely stay at home and read the book.
Are you an introvert like me?
It’s not something you should fix. It’s a personality trait.
Think about some great personalities like Albert Einstein, J.K Rowling, Bill Gates, Mahatma Gandhi— all are introverts, but great leaders.
Susan Cain stated in her TED talk The Power of Introverts that a third to a half of the population are introverts.
I found some quotes for you. Read these quotes from introvert personalities and see it as a unique personality.
Even if you’re not an introvert you should read these quotes to understand the introvert’s people you know.
1. Writing Is a Profession for Introverts
“Writing is something you do alone. It’s a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don’t want to make eye contact while doing it.” ― John Green
2. Introverts Don’t Party Much. Right?
“Telling an introvert to go to a party is like telling a saint to go to Hell.” ― Criss Jami
3. Solitude Is the Air We Breathe!
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe” ― Susan Cain
4. Introverts Live in Two Worlds
“Introverts live in two worlds: We visit the world of people, but solitude and the inner world will always be our home.” ― Jenn Granneman
5. Introverts Think More!
“Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much”, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Or maybe there’s another word for such people: thinkers.” ― Susan Cain
6. Introverts Crave Deep Connections
“As an introvert, you crave intimate moments and deep connections — and those usually aren’t found in a crowd.” ― Jenn Granneman
7. Spend Your Free Time the Way You Like
“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured…Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.” ― Susan Cain
8. Introverts Write!
“Extroverts speak, while introverts write. That’s the only difference!” ― Ramana Pemmaraju
9. You’re Not Bored Alone, right?
“I am rarely bored alone; I am often bored in groups and crowds.” — Laurie Helgoe
10. Life Is Not a Cocktail Party for Us
“Introverts don’t see life as one big cocktail party. We’re content with just a few meaningful relationships.” ― Jenn Granneman
11. We Need Alone Time to Recharge
“I have to be alone very often. I’d be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That’s how I refuel.” — Audrey Hepburn
12. Why Introverts Hate Small Talk
“Let’s clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.” ~ Laurie Helgoe
13. Stay True to Your Own Nature
“Stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth.” — Susan Cain
14. Silence Is Beautiful
“Silence is beautiful, not awkward. The human tendency to be afraid of something beautiful is awkward.” — Elliot Kay
15. Introverts Are Not Antisocial
“After an hour or two of being socially on, we introverts need to turn off and recharge … This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression.” — Jonathan Rauch
16. Don’t Care What People Think
“Whatever kind of introvert you are, some people will find you ‘too much’ in some ways and ‘not enough’ in others.” — Laurie Helgoe
17. Introverts Can Act Like Extroverts
“Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” — Susan Cain
18. Know Who You Are
“Deep inside, she knew who she was, and that person was smart and kind and often even funny, but somehow her personality always got lost somewhere between her heart and her mouth, and she found herself saying the wrong thing or, more often, nothing at all.” — Julia Quinn
19. Be Honest With Yourself
“I’ll be honest with you, I’m a little bit of a loner. It’s been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what’s going on with me.” — Kerry Washington
20. Your Power Is In Your Nature
“Isn’t it refreshing to know that what comes perfectly natural for you is your greatest strength? Your power is in your nature. You may not think it’s a big deal that you can spend hours immersed in something that interests you — alone — but the extrovert next door has no idea how you do it.” — Laurie Helgoe
21. Introverts are not shy people
“Shyness is about the fear of social judgments — at a job interview or a party you might be excessively worried about what people think of you. Whereas an introvert might not feel any of those things at all, they simply have the preference to be in a quieter setting.” — Susan Cain
BONUS: You Must Watch This TED Talk
Thank you for listening this story. Which one is your favorite quote? Or do you want to add your favorite quote into it? Just drop your views in the comment section.
PS. I’ll soon publish similar article for our extrovert friends. 🙂
The post was originally published at my Medium Blog