I always knew I was NOT an outgoing person. But I always thought I was just kind of shy or was so scarred by high school, I just felt uncomfortable in many different scenarios. Until…
I have been coming across more and more of these personality articles on Facebook and this one really caught my eye. It’s ME!
1. You find small talk incredibly cumbersome.
Why yes, yes I do. Case in point, while shopping today at the mega-store I loathe, I must have looked at every open lane (all had only one other person in line, which was miraculous) to find the cashier that was least likely to talk to me.
Now, don’t get me wrong, ask anyone that knows me – once you get me talking, I’m good at the whole talking thing. But put me in front of a stranger who is just trying to pass the time as he or she rings up my sale? I feel my blood pressure rise, I get kind of annoyed and I just want to get the hell out of there!
Had I not had about four million items in my cart, I would have gone to the self-checkout. Ah, aren’t those the BEST things in the stores now?
The things I do like in situations like those are if the stranger makes a comment about a shirt I’m wearing (that usually happens when I’m in my RUSH or Doctor Who shirts) or if I’m looking at something they also have an interest in. Specificity and a common topic are key when talking with an introvert – otherwise we just seem like stuck up people.
So, if you should come across someone who is kind of reluctant to talk at first…keep that in mind. They could just be awkward…or, sure, they could just be a snotty douche! Ha! Give us awkward ones a second chance!
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