Shyness is about the fear of social judgments – at a job interview or a party you might be excessively worried about what people think of you. Whereas an introvert might not feel any of those things at all, they simply have the preference to be in a quieter setting.Susan Cain
Introverts are people that prefer calm, quiet environments. Introverts are notorious for enjoying alone time and relaxing with their own thoughts. All this time spent in their heads can lead to a strain on relationships. These are the things your introvert friends want you to know.
1. They Still Want to Hang Out
While your introverted friends may prefer to spend their time at home, they still want to be invited when you go out to party. Every now and then, they need social stimulation.
They may prefer to hang out with you in different settings, but the point is they still love you and want to be around you. If this means hanging out in a coffee shop instead of the biggest party of the year, so be it. It’s their relationships that mean the most to them.
2. They Can Get Talkative Too
Introverts won’t be the first to bring up the latest hot gossip, but they can speak for hours on the right topic. They like to get personal and talk about what’s going on internally, instead of what’s going on externally.
Introverts are also huge fans of discussing crazy theories. Extroverts may not have much to say on the topic of the existence of aliens, but ask an introvert– they will have something to say.
3. They Just Need Solitude to Recharge When They Go Out
They’re not being quiet because they’re bored or upset. Sometimes, introverts just need to be inside their own head for a few minutes to recharge. You’ll find if you give them some space in their quiet moments, they’ll bounce back with lots of social energy.
Don’t fret if they need to step outside. The majority of the time, they are not mad at you– let them breathe.
4. They Do a Lot of Daydreaming
Introverts are also dreamers. They can rehearse entire conversations in their heads without even realizing it. Many introverts are blessed with creative minds and will be great writers, musicians, and artists.
Think John Lennon– Introverts are chalk full of ideas and ready to express them.
5. They’re Not Answering Because They’re Tired
If you are close with an introvert, you may find that you’re not getting texts or calls very often from them. Introverts tend to tune out of the world when they’re exhausted and don’t unwind when speaking with their friends. They love and need their friends, but it takes a conscious effort to reach out in order to maintain these relationships.
They don’t hate you and the goal isn’t to ignore you. They really just need a mental break from all the pinging and ringing that comes out of the phone.
6. They Hate Confrontation
If introverts experience something troubling when they are with you, they may not be able to just come out and say it. This means you may have to be the one to push for conflict resolution.
If your introverted friend begins to shut down in the middle of a conversation, you may have said something that rubbed them the wrong way. Prod at them until they open up. They will appreciate your understanding when they need to talk but are too scared.