What it usually means: Work is over, and now it’s time to PARTY.
What it means to an introvert: Work is over, you no longer have to be around your co-workers, and now it’s time to recharge at home. THANK THE GODS.
What it usually means: A warm, sandy place where you can spend endless hours with friends.
What it means to an introvert: Lots of people. Nowhere to hide. Utter hell after more than two hours.
4. “Happy Hour”
What it usually means: The time after work when you go and get drinks with co-workers or friends.
What it means to an introvert: The time after work when you go home and sit quietly by yourself so you can recover from being around co-workers all day.
What it usually means: Someone who has no concern for the people around them.
What it means to an introvert: What we’re often labeled when we’re being “too quiet,” which is really just when we take the time to think through what we say before saying it.
What it usually means: Talking, texting, or suggestively tweeting at someone you’re interested in.
What it means to an introvert: Time to make a BIG effort, because chances are the person you’re interested in has no idea, and might even think you hate them.
12. “How Are You?”
What it usually means: The opportunity to open up about yourself, share your feelings, anxieties, and emotions with another human being.
What it means to an introvert: A really awful question because, really, you aren’t about to open up to just ANYONE.
What it usually means: A large gathering of people who just want to have fun together.
What it means to an introvert: Fun. Until you get there and realize there are tons of people you’ll need to talk to and the thought of that is exhausting, and… why did you agree to go to this again?!
What it usually means: The people you always want to be around.
What it means to an introvert: The number of true friends is small, but they’re who you love and trust most in the world.
What it usually means: Someone shy who doesn’t like talking to other people.
What it means to an introvert: Someone who’s often misunderstood, because we’re not shy, and we DO like chatting. It’s just that being around people can be a little draining. So, basically, we want to talk to you, just don’t be surprised if we need a nap to re-energize. (Introverts, unite! Separately.)
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