Nine Tips for Dating an Introvert

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Spring 2024

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Dating isn’t easy. It can even be more challenging when you are dating an introvert. Contrary to what most people think, not all introverts are shy. Introverts usually prefer a small group of friends, enjoy solitude, and find large gatherings draining.

To become more compatible and understanding when dating an introvert, it is essential to understand their personality and needs. Here are a few tips to help you know what makes them tick when it comes to dating.

Be Supportive

Extroverts get more energy being around people; introverts are not wired the same way. Introverts usually prefer to spend more time alone. Being around others is tiring for them. Solitude and quiet time give them a chance to think and figure things out uninterrupted. If you are dating an introvert, give them space to be alone sometimes. If the need arises, you can offer to take part in activities together or separately if they prefer. 

Don’t Judge Them

Introverts are often criticized for not being social or for not attempting to make more friends. Many often view them as lacking social skills. However, introverts have many skills that are not to be underestimated. Because they are good listeners, more people see them as approachable, in stark contrast to aloof people. 

Because they are good listeners, they are unlikely to talk over you, which makes them analyze situations better. Dating an introvert can offer you the opportunity to slow down, self-soothe, and increase perspective. 

Respect Their Preferences

Because introverts are more wary of their social settings, it is important to check with them before you make social plans. Don’t take it personally if they can’t attend an event or need alone time. Respecting their preferences shows that you value them.

If your introverted partner is feeling drained and doesn’t want to attend a gathering, have a conversation about meeting their social needs. If you are making dinner plans, check with them before inviting other friends. Always give them an advance notice.

Have a Safe Word

Good communication is the key to a thriving relationship. Introverts usually take time to open up. That’s why it is important to keep the lines of communication open. This could take time, especially if you just started dating. 

Sometimes, it helps to understand their needs in social settings. If they are overwhelmed by crowded spaces and public events, it can be physically and emotionally taxing for them to be there for others. 

Come up with a safe word or phrase when you are out in public and they are feeling overwhelmed. Having a safe word shows your partner that you love and care about them. 

Don’t Be Afraid of Their Silence

Silence is an introvert’s best friend. However, most extroverts don’t like it. Silence gives introverts space to process their thoughts and take in their surroundings. As an extrovert, you will undoubtedly appreciate it when your introverted partner expresses enthusiasm and gratefulness. That’s why it is important not to interpret their silence as disapproval or lack of enthusiasm. They usually need more time to think things over. Try not to let that frustrate you.

Highlight Their Strength

A positive outlook can make your relationship thrive. After all, there are strengths to being an introvert or an extrovert. If you admire your partner’s ability to be alone without feeling bored or lonely, point it out to them.

Looking for the good in them is a powerful way to strengthen your relationship. It can also make you happier and more loving. When you label the differences between you as strengths instead of barriers, they become less important. You also shift the attention to their needs, which is more important than their personality traits.

Ask More Questions

Because they talk less, introverts will likely respond to questions rather than volunteer their thoughts. That’s why it is important to ask them more questions without being too demanding. When you give them time to express their feelings, you will more likely get deeper and more authentic responses than pressuring them to speak.

Compromise

Compromise is imperative in any relationship, especially when dating an introvert. If you and your date cannot compromise and insist on things being done your way, this can eventually erode your relationship.

Because dating an introvert requires making accommodations, it is essential to identify the activities and things you do together and make minor adjustments. For example, it would be wise to choose an activity you can both do together. A hike in the park, a quiet dinner, or a discussion about a book you both read. When you make these small adaptations, your partner will appreciate the effort you are making and pay it back.

Have Alone Time

Even if your introverted partner likes to spend time alone, it is essential to spend time together alone. Relationship coaches agree that this leads to greater levels of connection and intimacy. 

Because spending time alone as a couple is less physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding, it makes your introverted partner less stressed. When you give one another undivided attention, you gain more insight into your partner and relationship.

No two people are the same, not even two introverts. That’s why you should avoid stereotyping your partner’s introversion. If you always stereotype them, you will miss out on all the qualities and nuances that make them unique. When you honour each other’s needs and strive to compromise, you will have a successful dating experience! 

David Messiha | Staff Writer

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