Misunderstood #FridayReflections

March 3, 2017

When I’m quiet in a group, it’s not because I’m shy. It’s because I’m thinking, observing and listening before I speak.

When I’m spending time on my own, it’s not because I’m lonely. It’s because I’m an introvert and that’s how I recharge.

When I’m speaking my mind in a fiery manner, it’s not because I’m rude and obnoxious. It’s because I’m passionate and need to have my say.

When I’m particular about how things need to be done, it’s not because I’m ‘high-maintenance’. It’s because I think there is logical reason behind it and I’ve usually worked it out.

When I’m frustrated and angry with someone, it’s not because I cannot manage my emotions. It’s because I think you are incompetent or narrow-minded.

When I’m curled up with a book or my laptop, it’s not because I can’t be social. It’s because I’m  trying to relax by reading or writing.

When I’m worrying about the future, or even about something specific, it’s not because I’m crazy. It’s because I’m an anxious person who is trying my best to manage most of my anxieties.

When I’m critical or lash out at you, it’s not because I intend to be a nasty person. It’s because my anxieties have been triggered very badly.

When I’m open, honest and upfront, it’s not because I’m weird. It’s because I’m willing to be vulnerable.

When I converse at a superficial level with you, it’s not because I’m cold and aloof. It’s because you haven’t earned the right to hear my story.

When I pull away from you after being close, it’s not because something is wrong with me. It’s because you’ve hurt me badly and I’m just protecting myself.

When I request you to listen carefully to me, it’s not because I’m being critical of you. It’s because I’m tired of being misunderstood.

If you are new to Friday Reflections, here’s what it’s about. It’s the end of the week, you’re probably exhausted with work, and all you want to do is sit back, put your feet up, sip on some fancy cocktail or wine, and write away.

Corinne from Everyday Gyaan and yours truly give you writing prompts and all you have to do is choose any one of those prompts to blog about and link up every Friday. The link will be open till the Monday. After you link up, be sure to spread the love by visiting other bloggers who have linked up too.

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Prompts for this week:

1. Write about the best thing that happened to you this week
2. What’s the one thing you wish others understood about you
3. Tomorrow will be better because today I learned…
4. “Imagination is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein. Use this quote in your post or as an inspiration for one.
5. Picture prompt (credit:

Last week, our featured writer was Vanessa for her letter to Anne {of the Green Gables fame}. If you want to be our featured writer next week, make sure you write a post on one of the prompts above, link up below and share. Don’t forget to come back on Monday to vote for your favourite posts.

Until next time,


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  • Reply Sunaynna March 3, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Love this!

  • Reply The Unknown Journey Ahead March 3, 2017 at 10:57 AM

    You sound so much like me. I’m about as introverted as a person can get.

  • Reply Life Goes On And The Lessons Continue #FridayReflections - Everyday Gyaan March 3, 2017 at 1:13 PM

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  • Reply Roshan r March 3, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Man.. this is such a honest post. I say this because I kept wondering if I could write such a post today and I found I was not ready to take it up as a prompt… all the more respect to you for that.
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  • Reply Suzy March 4, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Sanch, you gave us an insight into your innter world with this post. Probably wasn’t an easy write.
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  • Reply Ness March 5, 2017 at 12:35 AM

    Love this. Can so relate to the introverted thing!

    Thanks again for the featured writer nod. Wasn’t expecting that.

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues March 5, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Beautiful, Sanch. Thank you for opening yourself up. Appreciate the effort it took. Hugs.

  • Reply Dashy March 5, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    So much to relate to it this post. I wish people understood this fact about introverts, they are so misunderstood. Thankyou for this, Sanch.
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  • Reply Parul Thakur March 6, 2017 at 2:11 AM

    I absolutely loved this one. I felt as if you were writing for me. Beautiful and honest piece.
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  • Reply Holly Jahangiri March 6, 2017 at 2:22 AM

    I love this, and can relate to everything you’ve written here. Judging by others’ comments, I’m guessing that there are many people like us in the world! (I don’t know if you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs, but I’m INTJ/INTP in non-election years. The descriptions are spot-on. People are often shocked that I’m an introvert; they don’t realize it’s not synonymous with “shy.”)
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  • Reply Sreesha March 6, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    So beautiful and honest. I feel like this post could’ve even been about me! Except that I couldn’t articulate my thoughts so well on this subject as you have.
    Introverts are a misunderstood bunch almost always. 🙁
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