What It Means to Be An Introvert: Myths and Facts

By Katie Corbett

 

Many misunderstandings arise about what it truly means to be an introvert. Even as an introvert myself, it can be easy to fall into the trap of believing some false ideas.

 

In the book, “The Introvert Entrepreneur,” author Beth Buelow dispels many misconceptions. Here are some introvert myths and facts. Do you find yourself second-guessing one of these if you had thought it to be true?

 

Myth: Introverts don’t like people.

Fact: Introverts are drained when around people, so they might prefer time alone.

 

Myth: Introverts are shy.

Fact: Introverts might take some time to warm up to a situation, or they might not start talking until a large crowd has thinned out.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at selling themselves.

Fact: Introverts are less likely to push themselves on people, and they approach conversations with a mindset to deepen a relationship.

 

Myth: Introverts are not good at making conversation.

Fact: By learning good questions to ask and by being curious about the other person, introverts can be excellent conversationalists.

 

Myth: Introverts dislike networking.

Fact: When done in such a way that plays to the strengths of introverts, networking can be a bearable—even enjoyable—activity.

 

It has been interesting to reflect on the times I have used my introversion as an excuse to avoid conversation, apologize for being quiet, or tell myself that I’m not going to make money. I have enjoyed reading The Introvert Entrepreneur because it has helped me change my mindset about how my gifts as an introvert equip me to be a stellar business owner.

 

Have you ever let something about you become an excuse to hold yourself back? What helped you realize that was happening? What did you do to change your mindset? Leave a comment and let me know.

 

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