Introvert Stereotypes

A stereotype may be negative or positive, but even positive stereotypes present two problems: They are cliches, and they present a human being as far more simple and uniform than any human being actually is. – Nancy Kress

Recently introvertism and extrovertism has become much more widely known about. It is just one of the ways that people are unique.

However, with the rise of the introvert movement there have come the rise of introvert stereotypes. If you look at many of the introvertism things in popular culture they are still stereotypes.

And today I thought that I would talk about a few of those stereotypes especially the ones that I really am getting tired of as introvert. Not necessarily because I have found myself having these stereotypes used on me, but just because I have heard them on the internet so often.

Introverts are Shy

Some are, of course, but many just don’t feel like talking if they don’t have anything to say.

And also extroverts can also be shy.

Shyness has nothing to do with whither someone is an introvert or an extrovert.

Introverts Hate People

Actually, we don’t. We just don’t feel like constantly being with people and I don’t think anyone really would want to be with people 24/7.

All the introverts I know do like people. It is just that they also like to have time to get to know them before telling them the details of their private lives.

Introverts are Melancholy

Just because someone is not talking does not mean that they are sad or upset. It might be because they are tired or are trying to figure out something. Just saying, give someone the benefit of the doubt when they are being quiet.

Introverts are Smarter

Smarter than who? Oh, yes, extroverts. Not the case. There is just this other stereotypes that all introverts are bookworms, so that is probably part of the cause of this stereotype.

Introverts are Antisocial

No, we like people. We like being with people

It is just that introverts tend to have their senses fairly easily overwhelmed and large groups of people have a lot going on. Which means that for introverts it can be rather overwhelming.

Introverts Always Want to Wear their Pajamas

This one bugs me so much for some reason. A lot of people, and not just introverts, would rather wear their pajamas.

However, not all introverts would rather wear pajamas or something like that.

I, for one, would rather be dressed. Even when I am sick I tend to get dressed because that tends to help me feel better.

Introverts are not Team Players

Some extroverts aren’t either. It just depends on the person.

Introverts are Deep

Because introverts don’t talk as much sometimes they must have all sorts of wisdom. Introverts like to ponder the meanings of life.

Sometimes, but introverts are no more deep than extroverts. Well, I can’t prove this, but it just depends on the person.

Introverts are not Leaders

Um, Captain America is an introvert. . .

Again like with being a team player, it just depends on the person!

So, those are just some of the stereotypes that surround the introvert.

However, each person, each introvert, each extrovert, is uniquely different, and while sometimes it can be easier just to look at the stereotype of that kind of person, it is important to always look at the person themself.

7 thoughts on “Introvert Stereotypes

  1. Very interesting! I think that in a group you are more introverted but one on one you are more animated and a wee bit extroverted. Is that possible to be a combo?

    I am more extroverted but sometimes I just get quiet in a group where people are expressing strong opinions. So maybe I am a combo too.

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    • Thanks!
      So, from what I understand everyone has their more extroverted and more introverted moments. I recently learned that actually the main difference between introverts and extroverts is how they respond to stimulation. Introverts tend to be more easily overwhelmed by stimulation, while extroverts don’t get overwhelmed and tend to seek out things that stimulate them such as parties more than an introvert would.


  2. Introverts do tend to live in their own heads, so they’re generally thinkers, if not necessarily smarter or deeper. Introvert stereotypes seem to be based on misconceptions, probably because many people don’t really understand what it means to be an introvert or extrovert. I wish reading on the subject could be mandatory because it’s not that complicated and I’m tired of being labelled as shy or antisocial, or being told that I should “try harder to be more outgoing.” (I also know someone who thinks “introvert” is a synonym for social anxiety. Sigh.)

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    • Yeah, most of these stereotypes are based on misunderstanding you are right. It would help if people knew more about the difference, but I wouldn’t want to make it required because that would just lead to its own troubles. However it would be nice if more people understood introvertism and extrovertism. It sounds frustrating that you know so many people who don’t understand introvertism at all.


  3. Love the captain America and pajama references!!!
    I like being comfortable but I mostly dress up because for me … I feel better when I look nice. I despise the stereotype that we want to be in pajamas all day … makes me feel misunderstood and lazy.

    Great post !

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