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10 Excuses Introverts Make

I've written about introversion before, and there are some high-quality lists from other contributors on this site on the topic you should read - notably from @stevewinroad (https://notepd.com/idea/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-introverts-8y55p) and @MrOTG (https://notepd.com/idea/7-reasons-why-an-introvert-can-be-a-good-salesperson-vq56s).

This particular idea list is a departure from the typical introversion discussion. It was easy for me to write as I have made these excuses more times than I could possibly count.

Introverts indeed require a greater energy recharge than extroverts, and therefore our decisions are often colored by this requirement. However, because we often rigidly identify as introverts we think people will simply understand and accept our quirks because, hey, we're introverts - as if being introverted gives us a pass to be less than we are capable.

I think it's possible to take that identity too far which ultimately can restrict positive growth and negatively affect our relationships.

    1. I didn't call you back because I'm too introverted to talk on the phone.

    2. I didn't show up because I need time alone.

    3. I can't go talk to [person I'm attracted to] because I'm introverted.

    4. I don't have many friends because I'm introverted.

    5. I can't go to that job interview because I don't like to sell myself.

    6. I can't be more assertive at work because I'm too introverted.

    7. I can't talk to that person because they talk too much and I don't like that.

    8. I prefer not to be friends with extroverts because they are all too shallow for an introvert like me.

    9. I don't want to keep in touch with friends because it takes too much energy.

    10. I don't like to be too enthusiastic because it drains me.

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