16 signs you have a mysterious personality that is hard to read

We all love a little mystery. It intrigues us and tempts us to try to learn more.

That’s why being a mysterious person most certainly isn’t a bad thing!

Far from it. It can give you an alluring appeal that leaves others curious to figure you out.

Do you have a mysterious personality?

Read on to find out…

1. You don’t overshare on social media

Let’s face it, it’s harder to be mysterious in the 21st century.

We monitor each other’s lives 24-7. We see snapshots of what relative strangers had for breakfast on a daily basis.

If you tend to largely stay away from the likes of Insta and TikTok then you automatically seem more mysterious.

People find you hard to read simply because they don’t get the same sort of window into your life that they may do with others.

2. You’re introverted

Extroverts often put themselves front and center. It’s simply in their nature.

They gain their energy from others, so they tend to seek out social interactions far more than introverts.

Introverts on the other hand often prefer one on one scenarios or much smaller groups.

Maybe you avoid parties or big gatherings altogether. Perhaps you feel more comfortable when you step back and observe, rather than get into the mix.

Even though you’re just protecting your own energy, this can create a mysterious vibe.

3. You prefer to listen more than talk

Most of us love to talk about ourselves. In fact, research has shown that when we meet new people, that’s exactly what we tend to do.

But you’ve always been the listening type. Rather than jabber on about yourself, you encourage the other person to speak too.

Even though this may be a natural instinct for you, it’s also a really great way to win people over. Studies have found that we like people more when they ask us questions.

But this can mean you have a habit of revealing very few personal details about yourself.
And that’s bound to leave people wondering.

4. You’re full of surprises

Maybe you have hobbies or interests that people would never imagine. Perhaps you love a certain type of music that nobody expects of you.

You are constantly evolving and changing. So you cannot be so easily pigeonholed. You are a complex person with varied tastes.

Just when people think they have you figured out, you say or do something that surprises them!

5. You keep a handle on extreme emotions

Of course, we all need to let our feelings out. But there’s always an appropriate time, place, and way to do it. And maybe you prefer to only do it with the people who are closest to you.

You certainly don’t scream and shout or make a scene.

Being able to keep a handle on powerful emotions can actually be a very positive sign of self-awareness and self-control.

But others looking at you from the outside may see this mastery as cold or standoffish.

If they are trying to push your buttons and you’re non-reactive, you may seem incredibly mysterious.

6. You don’t mindlessly follow the crowd

Independent people who are independent thinkers can always feel hard to read.

Because their mind is their own. It doesn’t go along with the consensus just to be agreeable.

This may give you a bit of a rebellious reputation. But it’s only because you aren’t afraid to go your own way and do things differently.

As we’ll see next, it’s really just a sign of being at peace with yourself.

7. You’re comfortable with what makes you unique

All of us are individuals, and that means that we all have our quirks.

But we can spend a lot of time trying to hide them. We worry we won’t be accepted if people get a glimpse of them.

It can be challenging to embrace your uniqueness whilst still wanting to fit it. But you don’t have a problem with this.

You own all of your weirdness and wonderfulness — and that only makes you even more fascinating.

8. You enjoy solitude and your own company

The classic image of the lone wolf is always a mysterious one.

You don’t just enjoy time spent alone, you need it.

That’s when you can get lost deep in thought. It gives you the space you yearn for.

That’s not to say you don’t like company, it’s just that you can also happily lock yourself away for hours at a time.

It makes sense that people may start to get curious about what you’re doing.

9. You don’t crave the limelight

You don’t need to have all eyes on you.

It doesn’t knock your self-esteem if you’re not the one getting all of the attention.

People who are always in the spotlight tend to expose themselves for all to see. But that’s just not you.

The funny thing is that when someone doesn’t need recognition from others, it can make them seem all the more interesting.

10. You think before speaking

Anyone who is considered in their communication is often read as mysterious.

That’s because so many of us blurt things out without a second thought. We spill the tea, dish the dirt, or engage in gossiping.

So when other people are more mindful of their words, it is noticeable.

They may wonder what you are holding back. But you are just aware that words can be powerful.

Our words can heal and hurt. Our relationships with one another depend on mastering this art of communication.

11. You are confident in yourself

Some people mistake confidence for arrogance. It can lead them to act cocky or try to show off.

But true confidence is actually a quiet self-assurance that comes from within. It means you don’t feel the need to prove anything to anyone.

People can sense that you know yourself and are happy with who you are.

This only perplexes them more, as they realize you are not shy, so why can’t they get a read on you?!

12. You prefer not to kiss and tell

The quickest shortcut to seeming mysterious is always withholding something.

And what makes for better gossip than chatting about your love life?

But we can keep our private lives private, even if our friends are keen to hear all the juicy details.

That’s why anyone who is discreet about the ins and outs of their romances seems slightly puzzling.

13. You often see things differently than others

You have a fresh perspective on things.

You may be the first to suggest doing things in a different way or trying something new.

You like to play devil’s advocate and inspire people to open their minds a little more.

Your opinions and ideas can seem a bit leftfield sometimes, but that’s only because you apply your creativity to them.

14. You are creative

Creative people tend to think outside the box.

The very nature of creativity after all is allowing your curiosity and inventiveness to bring new things to the world.

Creative minds throughout history have often been some of the most enigmatic. Einstein, Da Vinci, and Van Gogh — it seems like geniuses are so often tricky to figure out.

15. You don’t really care what others think

Ok, so actually we all pretty much care, to a certain extent, what people think of us.

That’s not such a bad thing either. It can help us all to get along better. But what I mean is that you are not controlled by it.

You don’t get sucked into people-pleasing behaviors in a desperate attempt to have everyone like you.

You know who you are, and you know the people who matter to you. That’s enough.

You realize that everyone else’s uniformed thoughts on you are their own business, not yours. So you don’t pay much attention to it.

16. You’re allergic to drama

Some people seem to thrive from creating a fuss. Perhaps they think that making their life intoa soap opera keeps things interesting.

The truth is quite the opposite.

Drama Kings and Queens who air their dirty laundry in public are the opposite of mysterious.

That’s why when you avoid drama like the plague, that cool exterior always keeps people guessing.

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Lachlan Brown

Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets.

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