Hey, here’s an article that will help me learn more about my introverted friends and students. I think it’s important to learn about people with totally opposite personalities to my own. I don’t want to overwhelm people with how extroverted I am. Let’s see what this article says.
1. You find small talk incredibly cumbersome.
Oh hey, me too! But really, does anyone actually like small talk? It’s painful. You don’t get to know someone just by talking about the weather. It’s terribly unproductive. I can understand that.
2. You go to parties -– but not to meet people.
Well, yeah. Of course. Why would you spend your night making small talk with a bunch of people when you can visit with people who already know you? Parties are for relaxing and hanging out with friends, not overloading your brain with new information.
3. You often feel alone in a crowd.
Crowds are just so overwhelming. You can’t have a good conversation in a crowd. You end up just running an internal dialogue in your head about what’s going on around you. When you can’t talk to the person you’re with, of course crowds can be lonely. That’s pretty straightforward.
4. Networking makes you feel like a phony.
You mean I have to make business cards? And market myself? And talk about why I’d be the good choice? Ugh, noooo thanks.
5. You’ve been called “too intense.”
Maybe, but not really. People know I’m laid back. Must be because I’m so extroverted.
6. You’re easily distracted.
I haven’t done the dishes in three days. I’m not messy or gross like that. I’m just reading this book and oh, I should paint those clothespins so they match my blinds and hey I wonder if I could find an alternative to a headboard on Pinterest because I’m getting tired of the tissue paper pompoms that I have hanging up there. But you can’t beat the $3.00 I spent on those supplies. Maybe I should just change the colour of the pompoms so that it flows better with the antique furniture in the room. Man, Grandma had good taste. I’ve got a lot of her furniture and dishes in my apartment. Oh. I haven’t done the dishes in three days.
7. Downtime doesn’t feel unproductive to you.
Because doing nothing is the best. Everyone knows that.
8. Giving a talk in front of 500 people is less stressful than having to mingle with those people afterwards.
The worst part of community theatre is when all of the old people come up to you afterwards and want to shake your hand because they think you’re some starlet, but really you’re just pretending to be someone else on stage.
9. When you get on the subway, you sit at the end of the bench -– not in the middle.
I DON’T LIKE BEING EXPOSED. I like to know who’s sitting beside me.
10. You start to shut down after you’ve been active for too long.
This is a long article, but it’s better than walking around the mall for hours. I can’t do that. Just take me home to my couch, please.
11. You’re in a relationship with an extrovert.
I seem to date really friendly guys who know everyone. Weird.
12. You’d rather be an expert at one thing than try to do everything.
No way. I want to do all of the things. ALL OF THEM.
13. You actively avoid any shows that might involve audience participation.
Uh no, actually. Improv is just the best.
14. You screen all your calls — even from friends.
I don’t have friends that call me. This is irrelevant.
15. You notice details that others don’t.
Like the wallpaper in the movie we just watched? Doesn’t everyone notice that? Hey, why is that guy getting chased by the cops? What did he do? I’m lost. But that wallpaper is really nice.
16. You have a constantly running inner monologue.
I have the best conversations with myself sometimes. I wish you could all hear them. Actually no, I don’t. That would be weird.
17. You have low blood pressure.
The doctor told me to get up and walk around once because he thought something was wrong with me.
18. You’ve been called an “old soul” -– since your 20s.
Try since I was 10. I knew I wanted to adopt orphans from third world countries after I watched a 20/20 special. In like, grade 4? Orphans, guys.
19. You don’t feel “high” from your surroundings.
Ew. No. Unless my surroundings involve popcorn and a good magazine. Maybe the internet.
20. You look at the big picture.
Want to jump back to #18 for a second? Yeah, kind of a big picture person.
21. You’ve been told to “come out of your shell.”
Sometimes, maybe. I can be a little shy at first.
22. You’re a writer.
Yes I am, silly.
23. You alternate between phases of work and solitude, and periods of social activity.
Absolutely. A girl’s gotta recharge. Being with people all of the time is exhausting and I can only do it for so long until I’m totally burnt out and need to….