Introverts really hate talking on the phone. The calls, especially the unsolicited and unexpected terrifies them to great percentage.
It’s their nature because most of them dislike talking on the phone. It is one of the things that are unknown to Extroverts. Unlike introverts, extroverts love a good phone chat and can create tension especially when in a relationship.
People interact with the world in different ways and have innate preferences around energy. Introverts direct their energy inwardly toward their rich inner world. They receive energy by reflecting on their thoughts and feelings. They enjoy and love solitude, they learn by thinking, cultivate deep interests and close personal relationships. They mostly prefer communicating in writing, and intensely value their privacy.
On the other hand, Extroverts direct their energy outward and gain energy by interacting with others and taking action. They enjoy being the center of attention, work out ideas by talking out loud, learn by doing or talking, have large social networks and a variety of interests, and thrive on being around others and expressing themselves.
Introverts dislike the phone so much they’d rather text Siri than answering the phone. Even if it’s a close friend or family member – some aspect of phone calls is always likely to put them on edge and not feeling at their best.
Here are 4 reasons why introverts hate talking on the phone:
1. A ringing phone feels like an intrusion.
Introverts are highly focused on whatever they’re doing or thinking about. Phone calls are considered as an intrusion that comes to interrupt with their thinking process and also solitude. They biologically need their quiet time alone and introspection. To them, it doesn’t matter who is calling. They believe an intrusion is an intrusion.
2. The unknown is anxiety-provoking.
Introverts like to anticipate, and an unexpected call can create nervousness. Blocked or unknown numbers evoke panic, and prompt “Who is calling me?” as well as suspicion for the introvert who likes to build trusting relationships with people before speaking on the phone.
More important, perhaps, is the introverts’ desire to be an expert and master in everything they do. Winging it on the phone, without an opportunity to research something in detail isn’t something they enjoy.
3. Chit chat is useless.
Most phone calls start with meaningless banter about the weather or how busy everyone has been. Introverts value depth and has no time for small talk. They would much sooner curl up on a couch and dive into a comprehensive conversation about the meaning of life or exactly how to stop climate change.
4. It’s exhausting.
Introverts process information in a particular way: Hear, think about it, think some more, respond, then think some more. Here is what happens for extroverts: Hear, talk, think, talk, talk, and talk some more. Trying to process that much sensory information without a break can be tiring!
And, while introverts can be excellent listeners, don’t be surprised if they drift off during the call and you find yourself asking if they are still on the line. They want to get to the crucial bits of the call, and they’re too kind to tell you that you’re rambling.
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