10+ Introverts Share The Weirdest Things They’ve Done To Avoid People
I remember one time, we had a door sales man at our front door me and my wife hide underneed the window we laid down on the floor. The man looked inside and saw us hiding there. He slowly walked away….
Once I had two meetings scheduled at the same time. I called both, said I had to go to the other, and went to neither.
One time someone tried to small talk with me and I literally just said “I dont talk to people” and walked away.
Source: Ana Flowers
I was having a “bad day” with being a introvert, so I used one of those Grocery Delivery services, and texted the driver saying wasn’t home at the moment and to just leave the stuff on the porch.
When I heard her drive up I literally stood in my hallway where I couldn’t be seen from any windows and listened carefully.
I heard her come up to the door, knock, knock again, drop the bags and drive off. She sent a text that she had dropped the stuff off and I should hurry because some of it is perishable.
I opened the door and got my groceries.
That might be one of the lowest moments in my life. I still get pangs of shame whenever I think of it.
I call it “anti-stalking”; I’ll make a note of a person’s routine, times, dates, locations, and use this information to intentionally avoid them, lest I have to have… shudders small talk, or something.
At my favourite local cafe the barista greeted me by name and remembered my order. I stopped going there.
Picked up a girl at the bar once… I was 19 (didn’t get carded) she was 26. Around 3AM I decided I want her gone. So I go around the house and set all the clocks forward to 630AM. I even went out to my truck and changed that clock. I woke her up and told her I had shit to do, it was morning. She was very confused, prob only slept about 30 mins.
I passed a f*cking bank on the way to her house… Big ass bright clock at 3am.
She was not happy.. never spoke again.
I moved to Japan because you don’t have to make small talk with strangers ever.
I was invited to a low key dinner thing at the local Chili’s with a group of people I tangentially knew. Like 20ish people I guess. Ended up sitting at a booth by myself across the way from the main table because I didn’t know anyone enough to really put up the effort into sit next to them. That, and searing social anxiety. So I ended up being the odd man out (very self fulfilling in retrospect). I ordered an iced tea, got super anxious and self-hating about the situation and worked myself up pretty good. Had a bit of an agoraphobic, world-closing-in-on-me moment. Made the split second and irreversible decision to bail out and I left the only bill I had in my wallet on the table because I didn’t want to have to wait another f*cking second for the waitress to show up and pay for my ~$1.50 drink. That waitress got a $99.50 tip.
I went down the elevator with a colleague. We use the same subway line to get home, and I knew if we walked down together we’d also have to sit on the train together and make small talk for the next 45 minutes.
So at the building exit I said I had an errand to run, walked the opposite direction, and used a different subway line that added another 20 minutes to my commute. Worth it.