I have unfortunately had the response of "I can help fix you" ... which after that I no longer want to be friends with that person. Here is a good blog about telling others about being an Introvert.
Telling others you are an introvert is often more difficult than it sounds. Despite the recent surge in books, websites and articles about this topic, many people still have no clue what introversion is. Or worse, they have bought into unflattering introvert stereotypes.
Many misguided souls still believe that all introverts are shy, antisocial weirdos who don’t know how to interact with other humans. So. Not. True.
The fact that there is such widespread ignorance about introversion makes the task of telling others we are introverted more intimidating. Despite this, I remain a strong advocate for spreading the word about introversion.
I regularly tell people I’m an introvert either in conversation or by directing them to this blog. Reactions have ranged from, “oh, cool” to “a whosa-whatsa-vert?” to “maybe I can help fix you”.
Read the rest at the link below: http://introvertspring.com/why-you-should-tell-people-you-are-an-in...
Some adults say the dumbest things! “maybe I can help fix you” reveals ignorance.
Oh I agree Joan
the problem is there's just a lot of negativity in the word for them and they automatically start assuming things about you. they say things like ; well your not really an introvert you need to expand your circle or Why are you so serious? - well I'm not , I in fact i'm in with love Comedy and satire - I just don't yell it and I don't hate discussions I just like deep thoughts that lead somewhere so no chit chat plz
they heard somethings or knew someone and they use them as a standard model of an introvert to compare others to them and that makes is really unjust the problem is not that I don't want to tell them its that they say stupid things ; like crazy stupid things however it would be nice to tell other that you're an introvert so they can know you better .for example my friends use to tell me things like : we called you but you didn't pick up the phone or why do you hate coming out so much ??!! (WTF?!!) but after we a brief talk things changed so I think people should say that it reduces misjudgments, helps other to understand you and respect you as you are .
I hate how I have to justify myself for almost anyone that while I enjoy parties or public speaking , I need alone time to recharge, it doesn't mean that I am an extrovert ...just enough with using a single stupid sample to judge every other person
Thank you for your reply Martin. Yes, unfortunately people don't understand us.