Do you prefer listening to talking? Having time to yourself instead of going to a party? Do you love honest conversations about feelings and thoughts but feel mentally exhausted even by the idea of small talk? If you’re quietly nodding in agreement, congratulations — you’re an introvert! While you're probably already aware of the fact, we’re about to remind you that there's absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Here's where the 'Introvert Memes' online community hesitantly enters center stage. Although the group seems to be still growing, it's home to nearly 29k self-confessed introverted souls where they can find a safe space "to come together to create, share and enjoy memes." And if you're anything like us, you can totally relate to the content they share.

Below, we gathered a funny, wild, and painfully spot-on collection of jokes for every single homebody out there. So find a cozy and private space, and get ready for some quality alone time as you laugh while scrolling through this list! Keep reading to also find our interviews with the moderator of the group, YT_Sharkyevno, as well as a renowned introvert advocate Joanna Rawbone, MSc. Be sure to upvote your favorite memes, and then let us know which ones ring true to you in the comments.

Psst! More introverted goodness can be found in Bored Panda's earlier pieces right here and here.

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Will Cable
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Now looking for a T-shirt with "Extroverts STFU" on it

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Bored Panda reached out to the team looking after 'IntrovertMemes', and one moderator who has been taking care of the group from the start, YT_Sharkyevno, was kind enough to have a chat about the subreddit.

"It’s not a very hard subreddit to moderate," they told us. "Being an introvert isn’t exactly a divisive topic and the community seems to attract accepting people. The only thing I really have to moderate is spam and the occasional person promoting self-destructive behavior. But that is pretty rare."

The moderator also pointed out that a lot more people are introverted than most think. "Introversion is a spectrum," YT_Sharkyevno said. "Being an introvert isn’t bad or a thing to be ashamed of. So don’t be embarrassed to let your friends know your social energy is out and that you need some alone time."

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Bellala
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can we pls stop treating introversion like some kind of illnes? Thx...

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We have long heard that human personalities can be split into the polar opposites of "introvert" and "extrovert". People tend to identify themselves as belonging to either one of the groups, depending on their character, behavior, and lifestyle choices, but this seemingly simple idea of figuring out where you fall on the personality spectrum may be more complicated than you believe. Since there is a myriad of information about the subject, we reached out to an expert to find out what’s accurate and what isn't.

Joanna Rawbone, MSc, a speaker, trainer, coach, and founder of Flourishing Introverts, explained we need to look at the basics to find out the key difference between introverts and extroverts.

"The most reliable definition comes from the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung who coined the terms originally," Rawbone told Bored Panda. "He explained that the difference between introverts and extraverts (he spelled the word with an 'a') is what drains and what charges our mental batteries."

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Donkey boi
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As an extrovert, I must say that I hate the response! Mostly because upon reflection it appears pretty accurate!

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Beeps
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why you should never give reasons, just stick with: “sorry, I can’t.”

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According to Jung, extraverts recharge by constantly seeking interaction, active experiences, and change: "As a solar panel converts the sun’s rays to make energy, extraverts get their energy from people and the busyness of the world about them."

Rawbone talked about this in her 2019 TEDx talk Shifting the Extraversion bias to unlock the potential of introverts. She noted that extroverts work on a sort of energy "trickle charge", constantly topping up while they are in stimulating situations. "When it comes to communications, their process is 'Say-Think-Say', so they are never particularly attached to their comments and may not even remember them soon after."

Alternatively, introverts fall into the 'Think-Say-Think' communication pattern. Sentences that escape their mouths are extremely thought-through, intended, and usually perfectly formed. But unfortunately, "if there isn’t space in the conversation, they may not get to the ‘say’ part of their process."

"Introverts are already over-stimulated mentally, so they do not need additional stimulation," Rawbone added. "In fact, it quickly overwhelms them." Their internal world is rich with thoughts, ideas, and personal reflection, allowing them to generate peaceful and calm energy from within.

"Unlike the constant trickle charge for the extraverts, introverts need to monitor their 'low battery' warning signal. If you know an Introvert, you may well have heard them say 'I’ve had enough peopleing for today' or 'I’m all peopled out!' That’s when they may just 'go offline' or disappear without warning because when they need to recharge, they have to be somewhere quiet."

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Helena
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People are exhausting. Some introverts lied so the extroverts would stop asking questions.

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Mike Gibson
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have a 'go away' welcome mat if that helps... Although my friend laughed and said that's funny... No, it was meant literally.

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Interestingly, the expert believes that the majority of introverts are already born that way. Or, in her words, "we’re not weird, we’re wired differently."

Moreover, functional neuroimaging studies have revealed that "the brains of introverts and extraverts light up differently when stimulated in the same way."

"Christine Fonseca was doing some interesting research that seemed to show that dopamine is more active in the brains of extraverts, and the motivation it provides is linked to external rewards; things like promotion, public recognition and status," Rawbone added. Meanwhile, introverts derive more pleasure from the 'feel good' factor rather than external rewards.

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TheElderNom
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is me all day, every day. Thankfully my job requires me to mainly be by myself but work training to get back from anxiety and stress requires me to constantly be with someone and it is so tiring.

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waddles
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i wish i could be so majestic when i’m talking

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But when it comes to human personality, things are not as black-and-white. This theory doesn’t simply divide people as being either introverts or extroverts, but rather offers a continuum where everyone can fit somewhere along it.

"At each end of the continuum there will be pure, or what I call classic introverts and extraverts, and in between, we’ll have the 5 types of extraverted introverts, and the numerous blends, and there will be the 5 types of introverted extraverts, and the associated blends." If you’re interested in learning more about your personality, Rawbone has created a questionnaire that helps people find out their unique introvert type.

Moreover, there’s the idea of being an ambivert, a person who has a balance of both in their personality. But Rawbone pointed out that some people mistakenly believe it refers to them. Instead, "the term applies to those who are equally charged by being quiet and reflective and by being stimulated by any noisy company."

"As an extraverted introvert, I love being with certain people who I can have generative conversations with, and provided I’ve had the chance to precharge my batteries sufficiently. But there always comes a time when my mental & social battery runs out which is when I slip away, mostly unnoticed. My true friends know this about me and understand. If I were an ambivert, my battery wouldn’t deplete, no matter where I was, or who I was with," Rawbone opened up about her experiences.

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Mimi M
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2 months ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Me totally. And besides in my city that's the etiquette. You ask permission (briefly) and then discourse at length with the doggie. Then you say a protracted farewell to the dog and a brief 'bye' to the human.

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When asked about the myths and misunderstandings that revolve around being an introvert, the expert revealed there are simply too many. "I’ve been called boring, stuck up, arrogant, dull, lacking in confidence, lacking ambition, anti-social, a 'low responder' and much worse."

"We mistakenly think of extraverts as outgoing social butterflies and introverts as tongue-tied loners, but with up to 50% of any population identifying as an introvert, it’s time to realize that it’s about how we’re wired, and our communication preferences."

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The great thing about memes and jokes that encapsulate what it means to be an introvert helps fight these misconceptions and allows people to feel less alone in this vast world. Although Rawbone noted that everything depends on their content. "I don’t like seeing memes that reinforce everything that introverts supposedly can’t do, or dislike. I love to see empowering memes," she told us.

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In her podcast, The Flourishing Introvert Talks, Rawbone talks about how we can all lift and support one another instead of holding each other back. "Recognizing a kindred introvert spirit is really helpful and reassuring."

"I remember reading a post that said something like, 'There’s comfort in knowing you’re a zebra, not a strange horse. You can’t find community with other zebras if you don’t know you belong. It’s impossible for a zebra to feel happy and healthy spending its life feeling like a failed horse!' So it is with introverts, and this is why I’m intent on shifting this bias, especially under the auspices of the DEI agenda," Rawbone concluded.

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Mimi M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The problem is that introverts have a hard time finding other introverts. So going out will just put you around people you aren't usually compatible with.

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Cappuccino
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Headphones the universal sign of leave me the f**k alone!

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Mimi M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is why I don't plan sht in the first place.

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Melissa
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought that was a really cool coffee table at first lol

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Abby da great
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also, my father and mother married on the same day. I always thought that was too much of a coincidence.

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waddles
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

usually i come for a drink and leave, thirsty, with a hairdryer

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waddles
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

when a person says this you know it’s actually a really great thing

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Mimi M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, this isn't an introvert issue. We know well who we are and we also know well that not that many people are interested or can relate, esp on a deeper level.

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Headless Roach
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why do I always have to be the adult? I'm not yet 55

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KJ
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Happens every time, the actual call tends to be resolves so much easier than the scenarios I have played out in my head.

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Mimi M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No, I want to get invited and then gracefully decline. Or leave it iffy - and not go.

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Mimi M
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2 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah - nah. All you'll do is attract incompatible etroverts.

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