The Signs as Mythological Creatures
I was waiting all day for this to happen to this post.
WHAT IS THIS MONSTER I HAVE CREATED
Wait a minute o..o I’m a Krakken?? zomg! Instead of yelling ‘shazam!’ whenever I enter a room, I’ll yell ‘release the krakken!’ XD
Myths & Urban Legends Master Post
i really love hearing about ghost stories, folklore and the like, and im sure there people out there who can relate, so i decided to throw together a masterpost. this collection is the result of a half hours’ worth of googling around. i apologize if there are any broken links - if you catch one, please fix it. additionally, if you know any good links that arent listed here, feel free to add them!
browse carefully - some of these are pretty creepy. lots of violence and swearing scattered around, etc.
- List of ghosts
- List of common misconceptions
- List of backmasked messages
- Category:Folklore by region
- Category:Folklore by nationality
- Category:Fairy tales by country
- Category:Urban Legends
- Category:Reportedly haunted locations
- Category:Films based on urban legends
Snopes: (warning: some popups! snopes is sometimes an unreliable source, so i suggest taking its articles with a grain of salt, but theyre still a pretty good read.)
- 136 creepy wikipedia articles (not all urban legends, but still a really excellent masterpost!)
- American Folklore (havent delved too deep into this website but it has a lot of content - check the links across the top in the red bar)
- Creepypasta Index - Highest Rated (again, havent read all of these but theres some classics on here i recognize)
- All-Lies (has some irritating ads, but theres a lot of stuff on here. take note of the sweet ’90s flames on the bottom of the page)
- DisneyLies - (sister site to the previous link. im not sure why there are so many creepy myths surrounding disney, but these are pretty good. also has some pretty rad flames)
Top Ten Myths About Introverts
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.
Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.
Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.
Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their naturaltemperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study(Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.
Top Myths About Extroverts
This time, let’s start with seven misconceptions introverts might have about extroverts.
- Extroverts are all noise, no substance. No, no, no and no. I hear this a lot from angry introverts on my blog and categorically reject it. Extroverts don’t lack substance because they make a lot of noise any more than introverts lack anything to say because they are quiet. This is style, not substance. Why this hurts: It’s just plain insulting.
- Extroverts are not as creative as introverts. This is a tenacious myth that I also reject. Creativity happens in an introverted space, inside our brains. And while introverts may spend more time in that space, extroverts have access to it as well. Besides, sometimes the stimulation of interaction can help a nebulous idea develop and grow. That’s creativity in an extroverted space. Why this hurts: It implies introvert superiority.
- Extroverts are afraid to spend time alone. Maybe some, but that has nothing to do with extroversion. Even extroverts require solitude sometimes to decompress. It just takes them longer to get there than it does introverts. Why this hurts: It’s the flip side of the assumption that introverts are afraid of people. We all have varying need for solitude vs. socializing.
- Extroverts don’t listen. Extroverts might not be the hard-core listeners that introverts are, but that doesn’t mean they have their hands over their ears. I am sometimes surprised by what my extroverted friends pick up on that I think they couldn’t possibly have heard over the din that is their life (to my introvert ears). Why this hurts: You underestimate your extroverted friends if you think there’s no point in talking to them because they won’t listen.
- Extroverts are needy. If you mean extroverts need a lot of interaction, then they are needy. But if introverts need a lot of solitude, does that also make them needy? Why this hurts: It takes a harmless and healthy desire and turns it into something negative.
- Extroverts want to change introverts. Some do, yes. And that’s annoying. But they don’t all feel that way. They just want to understand and make sure the introverts in their life are happy. Why this hurts: This misconception causes introverts to approach relationships with extroverts from a position of defensiveness, and no good can come of that.
- Extroverts are bullies: Extroverts, by their nature, might get right up in your face to get a point across. And they tend to state their case in no uncertain terms. But that doesn’t mean they have malevolent motives. And remember that you can only be bullied if you let yourself be bullied. Why this hurts: Bullies are mean. Extroverts aren’t mean. Well, some might be, but that has nothing to do with extroversion.
Now then, here are some misconceptions that get introverts all het up.
- Introverts need “help” in social situations. Not necessarily. Introverts manage social situations in our own way, in our own time. We might, for example, want to survey the scene to figure out where we fit in rather than plunging right in. Given time and space to do it our way, introverts are perfectly capable in social situations. Why this hurts: It can be patronizing, and might cause you to try and force introverts to behave in ways that make them uncomfortable.
- Introverts hate parties. Some do, many don’t. Again, we just party our own way. I love people watching and like finding a quiet spot to watchthe scene and talk to anyone who drifts my way. This is my kind of partying. Sometimes I mingle, but that’s usually at parties where I know a lot of people, which are my favorite kind. Why this hurts: I, for one, hate being told what I do and don’t like. Also, if I don’t want to attend a party, I don’t go. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invite me. I would be hurt to hear that a friend gave a party and left me out, even if it was with good intentions.
- Introverts would be extroverts if we could. Maybe some. But most of us are fine with our introverted ways. Why this hurts: It assumes that extroversion is preferable. Besides, many of us can behave like extroverts when we want to.
- Introverts don’t have fun. Not true. We just don’t have fun the same way extroverts do. Our fun tends to be low-key and doesn’t necessarily involve a lot of people—or any other people at all. Why this hurts: How would you like being called a party pooper?
- Introverts need to be drawn into conversation. Again, not necessarily. What we do sometimes need is for everyone else to slow down a little so we have some airspace to enter the conversation. We’re not good at jumping into conversations. Why this hurts: It assumes that we need help expressing ourselves. We don’t, we just prefer not to talk unless we have something to say and the time to say it.
- Introverts are not team players. Teams need all kinds of people to function well. Introverts might get steamrolled in a group setting, but give us the opportunity to make a contribution without having to fight to be heard and you’ll find that we can be integral cogs in the machine. Why this hurts: It can be damaging to acareerto be perceived this way.
- Introverts are not leadership material. Actually, research finds that introverts can be quite good at leading teams of extroverts because we don’t compete with the team. Introverts have quiet confidence and can lead without bluster and bombast given the chance. Why this hurts: Another misconception that can be a career killer.
by Sophia Dembling