Myth #2 – Introverts are shy
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Again, so true. Just talk to me. I enjoy talking to people. Just make sure it’s meaningful. I will probably never initiate a conversation with anyone unless I have a reason to. I never have the urge to just go up and talk to someone but if they want to come and talk to me then awesome.
A couple weeks ago I had a week long training class that I had to go to for work. Like I always do, I kept to myself. One of the ladies in the class took it upon herself to get me to talk. So everyday she would greet me by name and ask me how I was. A pointless question because unless I know you there is only one answer I give: I’m good. But she was friendly enough and I returned the greeting. But, I never initiated it.
However, most of the time I try to put on a vibe that says that I don’t want to talk. I do not look around and I read a book on my phone. It may come off as “anti-social” but I don’t care and it avoid small talk most of the time.