Every person is different and this difference is what makes us unique. The problem is that we tend to label a person based on his/her general characteristics. We’re sure you would’ve also faced this at some point in your life. There are some stereotypes about introverts and extroverts you must have heard but probably shouldn’t believe. Here are such 10 stereotypes broken down for you!
Stereotype #1 about introverts: They hate partying and don’t want to attend any.
What introverts are *really* like: Nope, they actually just feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of facing a large group of unknown people.
Stereotype #1 about extroverts: They love partying and want to be the centre of attention at every party they attend.
What extroverts are *really* like: They love meeting new people, and engaging people with their stories helps boost their confidence. They’re trying to be friendly, not seeking-attention.
Stereotype #2 about introverts: They avoid confrontations.
What introverts are *really* like: It’s not like they avoid it, it’s just that they are open to different points of view. They have more patience as well.
Stereotype #2 about extroverts: They love confrontations and are loud about what they like and dislike.
What extroverts are *really* like: They don't particularly like confrontations, they just like to be clear about their preferences. They're not forcing their opinion on you, but simply letting you know their choice.
Stereotype #3 about introverts: They like sitting in one corner, working without any human contact.
What introverts are *really* like: They're not their efficient best when there are a lot of people around them. They like to interact with others, but they prefer to do that when they are not working.
Stereotype #3 about extroverts: They love being surrounded by people all the time to seek attention and feel important.
What extroverts are *really* like: No, they're generally chatty and open by nature and being natural multi-taskers, they can work even when their attention is divided.
Stereotype #4 about introverts: They're very shy and take a lot of time to open up in all their relationships.
What introverts are *really* like: No, this is a big misconception. They aren’t shy. They just like their space and need to trust the person before they can tell them all their secrets!
Stereotype #4 about extroverts: They talk too much and don’t listen to anyone else who talks.
What extroverts are *really* like: They initiate conversations not only because they like to share stories but also because they love to interact. So even though they have a lot of experience to share, in order to keep the conversation going, they listen and react at appropriate moments.
Stereotype #5 about introverts: They have no leadership qualities whatsoever.
What introverts are *really* like: Contrary to popular belief, introverts make great leaders because they are excellent observers, which helps them understand human behaviour and psychology better.
Stereotype #5 about extroverts: Extroverts climb the corporate ladder really fast and can easily please their boss.
What extroverts are *really* like: Because of their ability to mingle, talk and get along with a variety of people, extroverts do better in jobs that require a lot of communication.
Stereotype #6 about introverts: They stay in their own world and don’t care about what others think of them.
What introverts are *really* like: That’s absolutely untrue. They just take some time to respond, react and take action because they prefer to think things through first.
Stereotype #6 about extroverts: They’re superficial and don’t love anyone intensely.
What extroverts are *really* like: Says who? In fact, an extrovert may just put all their social skills to use to show you how much they love you if they choose to!
Stereotype #7 about introverts: They’re always tired and unenthusiastic about things in life.
What introverts are *really* like: No, they just might like different things. It may not be sports, or dancing at every party, but it may be reading, learning a new hobby or painting!
Stereotype #7 about extroverts: They’re hyper-active and want to be involved in everything anyone does.
What extroverts are *really* like: They’re happy-go-lucky, and they’re always willing to give a helping hand in something even if it’s not their forte!
Stereotype #8 about introverts: They are not as confident and are a bit insecure about themselves.
What introverts are *really* like: Nope, not true. Just because they don’t carry their knowledge or skills on display on their sleeves, doesn’t mean they don’t possess them. Also, not talking about your accomplishments doesn’t make you insecure.
Stereotype #8 about extroverts: They’re over confident and show off more than what they actually have.
What extroverts are *really* like: They do like talking but that doesn’t justify or mean that they like showing off. They’re usually just looking for a common topic that can lead to an actual conversation!
Stereotype #9 about introverts: They’re loners and want to be left alone.
What introverts are *really* like: They like their me-time and are comfortable spending time with themselves, just as much they’d spend time with their friends. What’s wrong with that?
Stereotype #9 about extroverts: They have TONS of friends.
What extroverts are *really* like: They have a few close, great friends and yes, they have tons of acquaintances. But they know which ones are their true friends which is what matters!
Stereotype #10 about introverts: They’re depressed.
What introverts are *really* like: They’re often quiet and love some peace in their lives! They enjoy experiences just as much as others, but in a different way.
Stereotype #10 about extroverts: They’re always high on life and don’t need any time to recharge!
What extroverts are *really* like: They take their own sweet time to recharge, which may not be that noticeable to others. They're human after all!