8 weird things only extreme introverts can relate to

by Lachlan Brown | August 22, 2023, 10:04 pm

Are you the type of person who’d rather be chilling at home than being the life of a party?

Or perhaps you prefer a good book over a chatty hangout session?

If you do, then it’s possible you’re what we call an extreme introvert.

Don’t worry, it’s nothing bad. Being an introvert is totally cool and normal.

But being an extreme introvert can sometimes mean you do things that others find a bit strange.

Like, maybe you enjoy being alone a lot, or find small talk super tiring.

But that’s okay! We’ve all got our quirks, right?

In this article, we’ll look at eight funny and somewhat weird things that only extreme introverts would get.

Let’s get started. 

1. Your Idea of a Perfect Party: Party of One

For many, the word ‘party’ brings images of crowded rooms, loud music, dancing, and plenty of chatter.

But if you’re an extreme introvert, your perfect party probably looks a bit different.

Maybe it involves your favorite book, a cozy blanket, and a warm cup of tea.

Or perhaps it’s binge-watching your favorite TV series all alone, without anyone asking, “Wait, who’s that character again?”

People might find it weird when you decline their invitations because you’ve got “other plans”, which really means a thrilling night in with a new novel or a movie you’ve been looking forward to.

But hey, who said parties always have to involve other people?

Sometimes, a solo celebration can be just as fun and even more relaxing.

So, if you’re someone who frequently hosts ‘parties of one‘, give yourself a pat on the back. You’re definitely in the extreme introvert club!

2. The Silent Phone is Your Best Friend

For some, a ringing phone is an invitation to chat. For you, it’s a cause for anxiety.

It’s weird, isn’t it? Something as small as a phone call can seem so daunting.

And the truth is, most people wouldn’t understand. “Why can’t you just pick up the phone?” they ask, not realizing that for you, it’s not ‘just’ picking up the phone.

Your friends know that the best way to reach you is through a text or an email.

Because when you see a call coming in, you’re more likely to watch your phone dance across the table from the vibrations than you are to answer it.

Heck, even the phone probably wonders why it has a calling feature when its owner, a.k.a. you, seems perfectly fine without it.

Sure, this might be a bit strange to others, but for extreme introverts, the silence of a phone is sweet music.

3. The Dilemma of ‘Alone Time’ vs. ‘Loneliness’

There’s a profound difference between being alone and feeling lonely.

For the extreme introvert, the idea of ‘alone time’ isn’t just appealing; it’s necessary.

It’s the time to recharge, to delve into thoughts, to be creative, and just to be oneself without the noise of the world.

It’s like fuel for your soul, and you need it to function well.

However, the line between alone time and loneliness can sometimes blur.

It’s not that introverts are immune to feelings of loneliness. There are moments when even the most introverted among us might wish for company or feel the pangs of isolation.

But it’s a fine balance to strike, and only those who have experienced it can truly understand the delicate dance.

To the outside world, your propensity to isolate may seem strange, even concerning.

But what they fail to realize is that you’re not being antisocial. You’re simply being you. You’re caring for your mental energy and creating space for introspection.

And while you might occasionally stumble on the tightrope between solitude and loneliness, you wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s an honest part of the extreme introvert experience, one that shapes you in ways that others may not quite comprehend.

4. Your Social Battery Runs Out Faster Than Others

Here’s a scenario only extreme introverts can truly understand. You’ve mustered the energy to attend a social event.

You’ve put on your best ‘people’ face, mentally prepared your small talk topics, and you’re ready to mingle.

The first half-hour goes great. You’re chatting, laughing, and genuinely enjoying yourself.

But then, just like a smartphone running multiple apps at once, your social battery starts to drain… and it drains quickly.

You can feel yourself starting to zone out, longing for the comfort of your own space.

It’s like the energy is seeping out of you, leaving you feeling exhausted, perhaps even a little irritable.

What’s worse? You’re only one hour into a three-hour event.

Most people won’t understand why you suddenly retreat into your shell, why the person who was lively and social a while ago now wants to slip away unnoticed.

They don’t realize that socializing, while enjoyable, can also be incredibly draining for introverts.

That’s just part of your reality as an extreme introvert, and it’s perfectly okay.

Navigating social gatherings may sometimes feel like a marathon where conserving your energy becomes essential.

It’s not weird, it’s not antisocial – it’s just the way you’re wired.

And honestly, there’s nothing wrong with needing to recharge a bit sooner than others.

5. You’re a Champion Overthinker

Welcome to the mind of an extreme introvert—a place where thoughts whirl around like a carousel that never stops.

You’ve perfected the art of overthinking to the point where you deserve a gold medal.

Every decision, every conversation, every awkward social interaction, you’ve replayed them in your mind, analyzed them from every angle.

Now, some may argue that overthinking is an unproductive or even a harmful habit.

However, interestingly, according to research, overthinking—also known as high levels of ‘rumination’—is linked with creativity.

So, while you might stress about overthinking, it could be a sign that you’re a creative genius in disguise.

As an extreme introvert, you’re no stranger to the spirals of overthinking.

You often find yourself in deep thought, even losing track of time.

While others may find this tendency strange or exhausting, it’s just part of your nature—part of what makes you, you.

And who knows, maybe that overactive mind of yours is just where the next big idea is brewing.

So, overthinkers, unite (and then probably overthink about it)!

6. You’re the Master of Escape Plans

As an extreme introvert, you’ve honed a peculiar but necessary skill: the ability to craft the perfect escape plan from social situations.

You’re practically Houdini when it comes to slipping away from parties, gatherings, or prolonged interactions.

You know exactly when to make a casual exit, with a well-timed yawn, an early start the next day, or a fictitious pet that needs feeding.

Of course, it’s not that you don’t enjoy spending time with others.

But when your internal alarm bell starts ringing, signaling your social battery is about to run flat, you know it’s time to head for the hills.

And you’ve become pretty darn good at doing so without causing a fuss or drawing too much attention to yourself.

People may find your disappearing acts peculiar or even baffling. But for you, it’s just another part of navigating the world as an extreme introvert.

Sometimes, a tactful retreat is precisely what you need to maintain your balance and wellbeing.

So here’s to all the clever exit strategies that keep us introverts sane in a world that never seems to stop talking!

7. The Power of Online Shopping

Remember the days when shopping meant spending hours in crowded malls, navigating through throngs of people, and enduring long checkout lines?

Well, as an extreme introvert, you probably shudder at the memory. Thank goodness for the age of the internet!

Online shopping has been a game-changer, allowing you to browse, compare, and purchase without ever leaving the comfort of your home.

No small talk, no crowds, just you and your screen.

The delivery person dropping off your packages probably knows you better than the store clerks at your local mall.

And you know what? That’s perfectly okay.

To add a personal touch, I must confess, I completely relate to this.

I celebrated the day I found out I could get groceries delivered to my door, no human interaction required. It felt like a victory for introverts everywhere!

So, if you, like me, have made online shopping your best friend, you’re not alone.

We may not browse store aisles in person, but our virtual shopping carts are full of carefully picked items that didn’t require a single moment of small talk to acquire. High five to that!

8. The Intimate Relationship with Your Pets

Last but certainly not least, as an extreme introvert, there’s a high chance you have a unique bond with your pets.

Who needs the hustle and bustle of human interaction when you’ve got a loyal furry companion who is more than happy to join your one-person parties?

For you, pets offer the perfect balance between companionship and personal space.

They don’t ask for detailed accounts of your day, nor do they question your need for quiet time.

They’re there when you need a comforting presence, and they’re equally content to sit in peaceful silence with you.

You find yourself often conversing with them, talking about your day, your thoughts, and even your dreams.

While others may laugh at your ‘pet conversations’, you know there’s a unique comfort in those silent listeners.

They may not respond, but they offer a sense of understanding that goes beyond words.

So, if your pet is your best buddy and the perfect party guest for your solo soirees, rest assured you’re not alone.

As an extreme introvert, your pets are a part of your world in a way that only fellow introverts can truly understand.

After all, who needs small talk when you’ve got a purring cat or a tail-wagging dog to share your quiet moments with?

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