To introverts the question, “Why are you so quiet?” can be annoying because we hear it so often.
Honestly, I’ve lost count. When I was younger, I would hear this question all the time, so I know how annoying the question can be.
It’s not a bad thing being a quiet introvert, but I still feel like I’m being judged by hearing the question.
It almost makes me feel that I’m not good enough and start to doubt who I am like there is something wrong with me.
I realize, though, some people are uncomfortable with silence, and they can’t take it. So what do they do? They try to force us to say something, by saying something like, “Say something, you are to quiet.”
Best Answers To – Why Are You So Quiet?
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The best way to respond to the question “Why are you so quiet?” is with confidence, even if you’re nervous, say your answer with certainty. Acknowledge your quietness, be comfortable with it, and then quickly move on.
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Pay attention to your body language as you say your response; your answer is more about non-verbal communication and should show that you are confident and comfortable with being quiet.
Remember to show and say these answers in a friendly manner and not to make a big deal about it. It’s hard, especially if you have anxiety, but try not to be defensive.
There are many different things you could say in response but take it from Henry Ford, who said, “Never complain, never explain.”
So instead of giving a detailed answer, respond with a firm, “Because I’m quiet“, or “Because I am” as opposed to “Because I like being quiet,” which will leave you open to more questions about why you “like” being quiet.
You could also try to be funny, depending on your personality and how witty you are by responding:
- “I’m trying to concentrate on holding this fart in.”
- “Talking will get you killed in a place like this.”
- “…..Wait, you can see me?”
- “I was raised by librarians.”
Try to make light of the situation, get a laugh, and move on with the conversation.
There’s no right or wrong answer, try and be yourself, relax, and move on. If you are still looking for more answers back, you could say:
- “I’m just listening right now.”
- Don’t say anything and shrug or nod.
- “I’m in energy-saving mode.”
- “It’s so I can hear the voices in my head better.”
- “There is a party in my head.”
Remember, we don’t need to explain ourselves, be comfortable with who you are. You don’t need to adjust yourself to make other people feel more comfortable.
You could say, “I’m just myself, would you be more comfortable if I wasn’t so quiet?” Saying this could trigger some thought process in the other person, and maybe they’ll realize how bad of a question they just asked is.