6 introvert pet peeves

cold-1284030_1920Life has been a bit overwhelming lately. Although getting more quiet time definitely helps. To lighten things up, I’d like to share 6 introvert pet peeves I’ve experienced in the past couple of weeks.

1. Unexpected phone calls.
These are the worst. The ringing breaks my focus and leaves me dazed. I’ll stare blankly at the bright screen and ponder whether I should answer. If it’s close family, I usually will. But I’ll let most calls to go voicemail. Then I can return the call when I’m mentally prepared.

2. Being volunteered to do things.
Don’t get me wrong, I love helping others. But just because I volunteered a few months ago doesn’t mean I’m automatically up for doing it again. Do me the courtesy of asking and don’t be offended if I say no. I also refuse to stay longer than I’ve originally stated (unless you’re very special to me).

3. When your quiet coffee date becomes a group outing.
I love people. Mostly in small doses and one-on-one. When it turns into a large, boisterous, group outing, interesting conversation tends to die out and it becomes a free for all.

4. Small talk with the cashier after a rough day.
I try my best to be courteous and friendly. But if I’m burned out, my conversation skills disappear and I’m likely to make a fool of myself. Self checkouts become my best friend.

5. When people crowd me.
I can’t stand it when people stand super close. This happens at grocery stores, in lines at the bank, at malls, etc. Please stop. It’s creepy and awkward.

6. Repeating yourself because the other person wasn’t paying attention.
Your lack of attention does not necessitate me repeating myself. Please at least pretend that you find what I say interesting. That’s what I’m doing for you ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you have a great week! What are some of your pet peeves?

 

35 thoughts on “6 introvert pet peeves

  1. missmay says:

    This is perfect. I can relate to all of these! It’s good to see it’s not just me with points 1-3 in particular, I had not heard anyone else say them until now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ x

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  2. artyplantsman says:

    I share most of these. 4 doesn’t bother me and I hate self checkouts anyway.

    1 made me smile. I recently got our IT guys to disable voicemail on my office phone because the one thing worse than unexpected calls is coming back to the office from the lab for a coffee break and being confronted by the red message light.

    3 also resonates. I sometimes go for lunch with a colleague and sometimes she will invite another mutual friend or two without asking me first.

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  3. Bart Leahy says:

    One thing that’s a little crazy-making is that just because I’m not afraid of people and can converse that people respond, “You’re not an introvert!” Oh yes indeedy, I am! After all that fearless talking in crowds or elsewhere, I go home and nap or otherwise don’t talk for a couple hours just to get my calm headspace back.

    Stay cool!

    /b

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  4. Paul says:

    Unexpected phone calls! Ahhh you made me nervous just reading those three words. Whenever the phone rings I imagine it’s someone who wants to ask me a question I don’t know the answer to. Especially if it’s a long distance number calling. Just the worst.

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  5. twainwall says:

    I love this post Ally :), ditto to the first one especially and I really agree with the rest in the list too.

    I’m lucky with our land-line that we have a protection on it where if an unrecognized number calls it goes straight to a junk box, it saves me from the awful sales people calling at unspeakable hours.

    Great post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. introvertedrelationships says:

    I can relate to all of these. Had a phone call from a friend earlier tonight and was debating whether or not to answer. I did, but part way through I was wishing I hadn’t just because of the nature of the call.
    But number 6 is one that I’ve been dealing with a lot with my roommate. Especially when she asks me a question, I answer it and then she says ‘sorry can you repeat that? I wasn’t listening’ well, why ask a question if you just aren’t going to listen?

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    • Ally says:

      I have the same issue with my roommate. It takes time and energy for me to formulate a response to their question. If they aren’t paying attention, then why am I wasting my time and energy? Depending on the situation, sometimes I won’t repeat myself ๐Ÿ˜›

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