Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With Anything

Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

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List Criteria: This is not a regular peeves list, please only vote if you are an introvert

Hi introverts! (You non-introverts don't have to read this, go back to being cheerful or chatting in elevators or whatever). Speaking as one of you, I think I can ask you this because I feel your pain in those social situations that seem to cause normal people no distress whatsoever. What's the worst? The absolute worst thing about your daily grind? The thing that makes you want to curl up under your desk or flatten yourself into the wallpaper in the hopes you will suddenly gain the powers of a chameleon? Vote on the things that make you wish you could turn invisible on command... and add the things I've missed. Rerank them in the order of worst to least worst, if you feel strongly enough about it!
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    Not Enough Alone Time 
	is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    the people's #1
    Not Enough Alone Time You neeeeed alone time to recharge.

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    Parties Full of Strangers 
	is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    most listed
    Parties Full of Strangers Parties are a field of landmines: remembering names and casual conversation.

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    Small Talk 
	is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Small Talk At the coffee machine or in an elevator, "How's it going?" are the most dreaded words in existence.

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    Networking 
	is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Networking Nothing feels more agonizing than a forced conversation for the sake of selling yourself.

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    Meeting New People 
	is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Meeting New People You probably won't remember their name AND have to make small talk because you don't know them well enough to have a real conversation.

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    Keeping in Touch With People 
	is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by clash1977
    Keeping in Touch With People

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    Talking on the Phone For Any R... 
	is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Talking on the Phone For Any Reason What did introverts do before texting and email? Did we all just curl up and die?

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    Group Participation 
	is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Group Participation Having to work in forced interactive groups. Team-building exercises might as well be called "Hell".

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    ranked low on reranks & added by Lindsay Şoricelul-Tău Belton
    Simultaneously Looking Forward to a Fun Event and Dreading It.

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    People Who Can't Handle Silenc... 
	is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    People Who Can't Handle Silence Silence does not have to be filled all the time. Sometimes you can have a natural lull in the conversation and it's ok.

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    Brief or Casual Encounters Tha... 
	is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Brief or Casual Encounters That Require Chit Chat It's small talk, but with your friends, not strangers. Turns out small talk is still extremely difficult even if it's with your closest friends.

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    People Trying to Talk To You W... 
	is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    People Trying to Talk To You When You Are Reading You brought the book specifically so no one would try to talk to you!

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    Crowds 
	is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Crowds You're not claustrophobic, but crowds mean casual interaction -- which is so hard.

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    When People ask you "Are Y... 
	is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    When People ask you "Are You Ok" Just Because You're Quiet Just because I'm quiet doesn't mean there's something wrong.

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    Being Told To 'Relax' and 'Be ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Being Told To 'Relax' and 'Be More Social' I can't relax when I have to think up random words to say to fill the silence that other people can't handle.

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    Needing Validation/praise but ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    ranked low on reranks & added by Andrea Krause
    Needing Validation/praise but Hating Attention

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    Never Remembering Names 
	is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Never Remembering Names Not ever. It takes constant repetition and exposure to lock those names down.

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    Lack of attention when you are... 
	is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Lack of attention when you are talking

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    People Who Can't Tolerate the ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by AnneHartwigHoppers
    People Who Can't Tolerate the Fact That I Do Things Differently

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    Last Minute Plan Changes That ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Nicole Murdock
    Last Minute Plan Changes That Alter Your Whole Day

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    When Your Friends Invite More ... 
	is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    When Your Friends Invite More People Over A small gathering of people you love talking to has just been turned into an "upcoming event".

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    People Who Mistake Your Silenc... 
	is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    People Who Mistake Your Silence for Judging We are not aloof, and we are not judging -- most likely we are just scanning for the exit.

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    added by SarahLSnyder

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    Talking About Yourself 
	is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by estevanmunguia
    Talking About Yourself Having to constantly explain or rationalize your demeanor becomes a chore.

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    People Who Are Late 
	is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    People Who Are Late When you are always on time, people being late means you have to endure awkwardly standing around.

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    Upcoming Events 
	is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With


    Upcoming Events A looming party/happy hour/celebration inspires dread and has you sweating.

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    Dreading Upcoming Appointments 
	is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Maryellen Elizabeth
    Dreading Upcoming Appointments

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    That Feeling of Dread That Com... 
	is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    ranked low on reranks & added by Jerry Cox
    That Feeling of Dread That Comes Whenever You're Having Down Time and You See That Someone's Coming Over to Speak to You.

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    That Your Normal Face Is Calle... 
	is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    That Your Normal Face Is Called Resting Bitch Face Because you don't smile when you are thoughtful...

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    Having a Hard Time Caring Abou... 
	is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

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    Having a Hard Time Caring About Things like Birthdays It's not that we don't love you, but we don't care about things like birthdays and can never remember them.

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    added by Allison Molloy
    Needing Time to Consider Our Answer and Having the Thoughtful Pause Interpreted Negatively

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    added by Di4homes
    People Who Crowd My Space... Umm... Stop That People!!! Like in a Line a Grocery Store... or Meetings Where the Chairs Are So Close I Can't Breath...

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    added by Lisa Smith
    Being Interrupted Because You Paused to Think

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    People Who Insist on Talking a... 
	is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Jerry Cox
    People Who Insist on Talking after You've Signaled that Your Part in the Conversation Is Over. You make a non-committal, typically conversation-ending remark and they keep on talking.  You turn to leave, and they're still talking.  You say, 'Good-bye' or 'Goodnight' and THEY JUST WON'T STOP TALKING!

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    added by Alissa Griffeth
    People Who Mistake Your Silence As Being Anything Other Than Being Content

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    Others accuse you of being &qu... 
	is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Carol Murchie
    Others accuse you of being "negative" if you aren't immediately over the moon about every idea they throw at you.

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    Being Interrupted When I'm Clearly Trying to Read.

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    Being Regarded As a Snob or Aloof Because You're Quiet.

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    Being Called 'Shy' 
	is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Being Called 'Shy' Just because you don't want to engage in small talk doesn't mean you are afraid to.

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    Being Told You Are Too Sensiti... 
	is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Janice Thibault
    Being Told You Are Too Sensitive.

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    People You Barely Know Who Hug... 
	is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    added by Jerry Cox
    People You Barely Know Who Hug. Or Put a Friendly Hand On Your Shoulder/Arm. Or Touch You in Any Way.

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    added by Carly BG
    Being Told 'smile'

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    added by JoLynn LeGault
    Seeing a Person You're Interested in and Immediately Picking Apart All of Your Flaws, Thereby Causing You to Avoid Said Person Altogether

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    added by Andrea Bond
    Trying to Ghost Out of a Party but Getting Caught On the Way Out.

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    often listed & added by Lori Soilwhisperer Guenter
    Surprise Parties. Actually, Surprises of Just About Any Kind.

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    added by Laurie Herbert
    People (extroverts) Who Don't Learn What Being an Introvert Means.

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    added by Christopher Sarka
    Leaving Your Room and Finding Someone You Don't Know in Your House, for Whatever Reason.

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    Getting "Lost in Your Own... 
	is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Things That Introverts Have The Hardest Time With

    ranked low on reranks & added by -1457002307135
    Getting "Lost in Your Own Head" As You Over-think Anything.

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