I’m an extrovert, which is not particularly shocking if you know me in real life. Even though I suffer from anxiety, I’m still an extrovert. People don’t seem to understand how that works, but I promise I’m living proof of it. Extroverts are often though of as shallow, attention-seeking and unintelligent. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really like those identifiers too much because they’re not true. As an extrovert, I’m pretty put off by a lot of the stereotypes against us.
My dad and I are extroverts while my mom and brother are introverts, so I understand both sides of the spectrum. I get why my brother doesn’t want to hang out with me sometimes because my extroverted energy can be really overwhelming to an introvert. Last week, I was working from home in Atlanta and was losing my freaking mind. I’m used to coming into an office and being around people so sitting by myself made me super stressed out. Introverts would love that, but I did not. If you’re an extrovert, you’ll definitely understand these things:
1. You get your energy from being around other people.
You don’t even have to do anything. Just being around people makes you feel better.
2. Being alone makes you feel sad.
When us extroverts are left alone, we get upset. It’s very draining to be by ourselves.
3. You can do things by yourself, but you prefer not to.
I don’t even like going to the grocery store by myself! I just want someone to hang out with me all the time and do things with me 24/7.
4. People always rely on you to make plans.
To be fair, you always make good plans! But sometimes this can stress you out because everyone looks to you to figure things out for the weekend.
5. Not being busy makes you feel uncomfortable.
Most people would rejoice in not having anything to do, but you think something is wrong when you’re not busy.
6. You don’t understand the concept of doing nothing.
What do you mean I’m supposed to just sit around and be lazy? I don’t get it.
7. You come on a little strong.
Extroverts are like puppies who are really excited all the time.
8. You like attention.
You love being the center of attention, although sometimes you get thrown into it unwillingly. You have to be careful though because on occasion, people just assume you’re doing things for attention.
9. You can’t really stop talking.
Sometimes you talk just to talk.
10. You always feel the need to be “On!”
Everyone just sort of expects you to be a source of entertainment.
11. You have too much energy.
You get a lot of stuff done, but sometimes you don’t know how to turn yourself off.
12. You’re expected to be positive all the time.
You feel pressured to entertain, but you also feel pressured to spew rainbows out of your mouth.
13. People think you don’t get upset.
You’re an extrovert! You don’t get sad!
14. Or that you can’t possibly be anxious or have other mental issues.
People almost never believe me when I say I have anxiety because I don’t seem like I have anxiety. It’s really frustrating.
15. Everyone thinks you think you’re a big deal.
Extroverts are typically confident and outgoing, but it doesn’t mean we think we’re the best thing since sliced bread.
Are you an extrovert? Do you deal with any of the above? What else would you add? Tell us in the comments!