I am a loud and proud introvert (pun completely intended). I need a break when I’m around people for too long, I don’t always know what to say to other people and long for alone time whenever I can get it. But people tend to get me all wrong. They assume I’m shy, un-confident and a goodie-goodie who does no wrong. All of which couldn’t be further from the truth. For the most part, my image problem is a small annoyance in my otherwise full and enjoyable life.
I’m going to be starting a new job and I would love it if my new co-workers didn’t have this image of me but am scared that they will. Does anyone have any tips on how to stop this before it starts? How can I handle people who see me all wrong? What should I say when I get the enviable “You’re quiet” comments come? Or when I don’t get invited to drinks after work because they assume I’m too much of a goodie-goodie to even want a beer? I’m ok if people don’t like me. I just wish they wouldn’t like the real me, instead of an untrue image of me.