The Way I See It......Hello,
I'd like to start off by stating that I am not an introvert.
At least not entirely.
I actually took the Myers Briggs Test in 2011. That test determines whether you have more introverted or extroverted tendencies ba
It really didn't matter to me at the time because I accepted myself for who I was and I didn't give it any more thought.
However, during my first year at university, I met a girl who, as it turned out, was an introvert in full. I couldn't understand her behavior. Although we did have good conversations, she rarely spoke otherwise, she rarely smiled and she seemed quite dull and unhappy. I didn't know then what I knew now about human behavior and I acted in a very extroverted manner around her in order to counteract her introverted behavior. Well, it kind of backfired.
Given that I also like "down-time" a lot and get bored/tired during heavy social activities, I can empathize with introverts. I honestly prefer to be alone or with a very close group of friends. Sometimes introverts don't feel like talking to people, and those people get offended in turn because they perceive introverts to be rude and anti-social. If you try to tell them your situation, they often dismiss you and tell you to "man up" and move out of your comfort zone.
If I did have a piece of presc
I see on this page many introverted people have adopted a "siege" mentality against an admittedly extrovert-favored society and many on these pages are quick to claim intellectual/mental superiority over extroverts. I think that is the wrong way to go. There is an equilibrium which exists in nature, and introversion versus extroversion is just another form of that. Accept extroverts for who they are. Accept that they like to talk. Accept that they may be a bit more brash than you. But don't count them out, maybe try to play their game and in time they will play yours. Try to explain your situation, show them the scientific evidence and if they can understand that, then maybe the awkward situations which introverts find themselves in will disappear.
I honestly think that this "conflict" can only be averted through a degree of compromise and a deeper understanding of how people behave differently and accepting the fact that we all behave differently.