My name is Cosette, and I'm an introvert | Common misconceptions about introversion

Hello everyone!

As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I'm an INTP. INTP means introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving. It is one of the 16 personality types described by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). In today's post, I want to challenge the stereotypes surrounding introversion. In a world that often values extroverted qualities, it's time to shed light on the truth and embrace the beauty of introversion. So, let's dive in and uncover the fascinating world of introverts!

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Being introverted is often misunderstood and misrepresented. It's not about being shy or anti-social, but rather a unique way of processing the world around us. Introverts gain energy from solitude and introspection, preferring deep connections over small talk. We are often highly observant, thoughtful, and creative individuals who thrive in quieter environments. So, if you feel exhausted after social engagements and seek alone time to refuel, you may be an introvert too. 


One of the biggest misconceptions is that introverts are shy or socially awkward. While some introverts may also be shy, these traits are not synonymous. Growing up, I felt misunderstood and mistaken for having a shy personality. I felt like only a handful of people knew the real me. Another misconception is that introverts don't like people or being around others. This couldn't be further from the truth. Introverts enjoy socialising but also need time alone to recharge their energy.


For us introverts, navigating social situations can sometimes be a challenge. We may feel overwhelmed by large crowds or find it difficult to initiate conversations with new people. However, introverts have developed strategies to navigate these situations with confidence. One such approach is to focus on quality over quantity when it comes to social interactions. Rather than trying to engage with everyone in the room, introverts prefer to have meaningful conversations with a few individuals. This allows us to truly connect and build deeper relationships. Another technique introverts use is to take breaks during social gatherings. We understand the importance of recharging our energy levels and may step away for a few moments to collect our thoughts and regain focus. 

Additionally, introverts often excel at active listening. We pay close attention to what others are saying, providing thoughtful responses and making the person we're speaking with feel valued. By leveraging these strategies, introverts can navigate social situations with confidence and authenticity. It's important to remember that introversion is not a flaw or something to be fixed. It's a natural personality trait that should be celebrated and embraced.


While shyness and introversion are often used interchangeably, they refer to different aspects of a person's personality. Shyness is a feeling of discomfort or anxiety in social situations, often accompanied by a fear of judgment or rejection. It is more about being self-conscious and worried about how others perceive you. On the other hand, introversion is a preference for solitude and quiet environments. It is not driven by fear or anxiety but rather by a need for introspection and reflection. Introverts may feel energised by spending time alone or engaging in solitary activities. So, while shyness and introversion can coexist, they are not the same thing. Understanding this distinction is crucial in order to appreciate and embrace the true nature of introverts.


It's time to embrace our introverted nature. Being introverted is not something to be ashamed of or try to change. It is a unique personality trait that has many strengths and advantages. Introverts are often great listeners and observers, which allows them to pick up on details others may miss. We have a deep capacity for introspection and self-reflection, which can lead to valuable insights and personal growth. Embracing your introverted nature means recognising and honouring your need for solitude and quiet environments. It means giving yourself permission to recharge and rejuvenate in your own company. It also means finding activities and hobbies that align with your interests and bring you joy. Whether it's reading a book, going for a walk in nature, or pursuing a creative outlet, embracing your introverted nature is about finding what makes you feel most alive and fulfilled. 


Remember that introverts have valuable qualities to offer, such as deep thinking and empathy. Embracing your introverted nature can lead to a greater understanding of yourself and others, fostering meaningful connections and personal growth. So, celebrate your introversion and allow yourself the space and time you need to recharge and thrive. 

Do you consider yourself an extrovert, introvert or ambivert? Let me know in the comments section below!

Talk soon,



I'm a vegan with a passion for sustainability and clean, cruelty-free products. I mainly write lifestyle, wellness and self-care articles. Since I'm a true crime enthusiast, sometimes I also write about true crime and post videos on my two YouTube channels.


Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! If you ask a question I will answer it asap. – Cosette

  1. I am an INFJ! Totally agree with you about introversion. I love Susan Cain's book Quiet, how she says it is a super power.

  2. Great post and there's definitely some misconceptions about being an introvert. I'm pretty introverted at times (although I can swing both ways!) I definitely need some alone time to re-charge.

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