It’s not easy being an introvert, especially when our society seems designed for extroverts. We battle small talk, crowds, social exhaustion, and the stigma of being quiet. The worst part is, often family, friends, co-workers, classmates, and lovers don’t understand the quirks that come with our introversion. We introverts can be complicated, so sometimes we don’t even understand ourselves. (Not sure if you’re an introvert? Take our free, quick quiz.)
The good news is, introverts can at least be comforted in knowing there are others out there who share their pain. Sick of people? Not sure how to get out of that awkward dinner party? Ready to scream because no one seems to understand you? The struggle is real and now there is a hashtag on Twitter to prove it: #IntrovertProblems.
There were so many great #IntrovertProblem tweets that we had a hard time choosing our favorites. But here they are, in no particular order. We hope you find them as oh-so-relatable as we did.
Have your own #IntrovertProblems? We’re always looking for more, so tweet them to @IntrovertDear, and we’ll retweet our favorite ones.
1. Feeling weird because you prefer to stay home on weekends.
2. Because when you do go out, you have to deal with people.
3. The social hangover is real.
4. You can’t always explain your actions.
5. You just know you can only really unwind at home.
6. Other people don’t get it.
7. You just don’t have the energy.
8. And sometimes it’s just not worth it.
9. When a self-inflicted injury is better than talking on the phone.
10. Not hearing from anyone for a while is a relief.
11. Make meaningless small talk? No thanks.
12. Because words are hard.
13. You get accused of not trying.
14. Sometimes avoidance is the best solution.
15. Because people can be exhausting.
16. If only talking were as easy as writing.
17. You really have so many thoughts.
18. Acting like an extrovert feels like you’re betraying yourself.
19. If only there were more quiet spaces.
20. What seems perfectly normal to you is strange to other people.
21. Sometimes you really just want to be alone.
22. Doing “nothing” is your favorite.
23. You shouldn’t feel guilty, but you do.
24. Hanging out is better in theory.
25. There’s a fine line between solitude and loneliness.
26. Your feelings are rarely simple.
27. Unfortunately, many people still don’t understand what it really means to be an introvert.
28. You have your limits.
29. Thankfully, most of your “introvert problems” can usually be cured by a little solitude.
Image credit: Kubra Kactioglu
What’s your personality type? We recommend this free, quick test from our partner Personality Hacker.