Worse than all the misconceptions about introverts is to be a misunderstood introvert. I have recently looked for information on introverts who do not fit the conception of quiet.
Believe me, if there is one thing I am not is quiet. I am lively, I talk with my hands, I laugh (a lot) and I am very talkative. Growing up, the chief complaint from my teachers to my mom was how I would never shut up in class. I participated in pretty much all school plays and belonged to the debate team.
Public speaking never bothered me up until recently and I love chatting with people at the supermarket line. However, all of these characteristics don't take away my introverted personality traits: my need for alone time, my complete disgust for small talk, and my discomfort in crowded spaces or social situations where I am expected to be social.
It was interesting how even I had my own misconceptions of what I was supposed to be like as an introvert. So, I felt a great sense of relief when I read a short Psychology Today article that talked about the "bubbly introvert." It is a bit sad that I felt insecure enough as an introvert, that I needed validation of who I am and fit in the introvert world. But nonetheless, it was refreshing to see that we come in various shades and colors.