10 Signs You’re an Introvert

matt-le-112706I love people. People are awesome.

I’m also an introvert. Like, a serious introvert. As in, if I don’t get a decent chunk of time to myself each week and at least a little bit each day, I start feeling like my soul has been rubbed with sandpaper.

How can you tell whether you’re an introvert? Here are ten (decidedly unscientific) signs.

1. It takes you a minute to prepare to be social

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Not that I’ve ever hidden in a hoodie, mind you. That’d be childish. Or introverted…

2. Party invitations are exciting but also kind of make you want to run away

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Introverts can make small talk for about six minutes before they want to pull the fire alarm.

3. Unexpectedly getting a night to just be at home fills you with delight

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“No meeting tonight? Guess that means I get to hang out with myselllllf!”

3. Sitting next to someone suuuuper chatty on an airplane is your worst nightmare

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Time to pretend to sleep for the next six hours!

4. When you get home after a long day of being “on,” you collapse

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Don’t mind me. I’ll just be over here TALKING TO NO ONE EVER AGAIN.

5. You dread the words: “I was in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop by.”

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If you need a 10-minute warning to work up to having visitors, you’re probably an introvert.

6. People have told you “You don’t seem like an introvert!”

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Introverts aren’t antisocial. We like people. We just need breaks from them sometimes.

Side note: the majority of pastors are introverts who have learned to function as extraverts because their jobs are so people-focused. I definitely fall into that category.

7. You rejoice when someone asks if you want to leave a big group to hang out one-on-one

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I’m pretty sure my husband and I started to fall in love the day he asked me if I wanted to leave a club in Oxford to go to the library.

“It’s too loud in here to read anyway,” he said.

Our nerddom knows no bounds.

8. Spending a whole day with people and still having a little social energy left over is a victory

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It always feels like a little bit of a miracle.

9. You can find ways to be alone, even in a crowd

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Nothing to see here! Just need to wear my helmet/go to the bathroom/check my phone/crawl under the table for a sec…

10. Sometimes you even decide to go out with people after a really busy week

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Living on the edge, you are.

Are you an introvert or an extravert? How did you first figure it out?

4 thoughts on “10 Signs You’re an Introvert

  1. Yep, I’m an introvert. I absolutely love when plans that include more than a few people get canceled. My elderly parents think I’m crazy! Good post.


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