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.