The 7 Secret Strengths of an Introvert

The 7 Secret Strengths of an Introvert

Extroverts make up about 70% of the American population, so they're definitely in the majority. They receive their energy from being around people, while Introverts receive energy from being by themselves. But you don't have to "play" Extroverted to be successful at work, as a parent, as a friend, and in any other area.

As an Introvert, you have seven secret strengths that are a natural part of your personality. Together, they form an arsenal of positive traits you can apply to any part of your life. These strengths will help you make the most of your Introvert nature.

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1. FOCUS

The ability to focus is probably an Introvert's greatest strength. You have amazing powers of concentration on whatever task you decide to undertake. Many Introverts have used this talent to their advantage by spending months or years mastering one particular subject. When you combine your ability to concentrate with a project that matches your particular vision, you are capable of extraordinary success. Also, since Introverts would prefer to work on a small number of projects and spend time with them, this naturally segues into expert status and mastery of the subject you have chosen.

In order to gain the most from this positive trait, limit your choices and say no to projects and extraneous activities. Refrain from multitasking, since that habit tends to scatter your energies. Focus upon one or two projects will make the most of your natural powers of concentration.

2. ORIGINAL THINKER

Introverts prefer to spend time formulating their thoughts before they speak. The process is similar to sculpting; a rough hewn block of stone is continuously shaped into a work of art. You shape your thoughts on a daily basis, and may not be aware that you are doing it! By listening to others and taking the extra time to consider different topics, you have naturally developed into an original thinker. You spend more time than you think you do questioning the world around you before setting an opinion. Introverts are not afraid of contemplating a topic that may not be conventionally accepted. They believe every thought deserves to be contemplated.

Original thinking is a skill and can be an asset for you at work or in your personal hobbies. Creative Introverts use original thinking frequently when generating ideas for paintings, novels, compositions, and dance routines. Look at the different aspects of your life and see where you can use this ability.

3. OBSERVATION SKILLS

Charles Darwin studied animals for years when putting together his theories of evolution. Henry David Thoreau spent countless hours in nature sketching and taking notes in his journal, which would eventually end up in "Walden." Vincent van Gogh painted what he observed. Poets like John Keats, Emily Dickinson, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning turned their observations about human nature into verse. Introverts have the natural ability to observe the world around them.

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You are an original thinker, you have the ability to focus, and you prefer subjects in-depth. Take the time to really see what is around you. You may even already do this, especially if you're in the arts or a scientist. Observation is a skill, and can be used in any project you want to undertake. Keep a journal and study your chosen subject. You may be amazed at the ideas and discoveries you come up with.

4. COMFORTABLE WITH SOLITUDE

Many people have the unspoken fear of being alone, doing things alone, living alone, working alone, or traveling alone. Introverts need solitude and time to recharge their personal energy, so being alone is a welcome time of peace. You are extremely well suited to any solo activity, such as spending time in nature, creating works of art in a studio, and doing research in a laboratory or library. There are many activities you probably prefer to do alone, like reading, gardening, exercising, and shopping.

There is no rule that you must spend time with others to get the most enjoyment out of whatever you're doing. Being comfortable with solitude is actually pretty rare, and it's a positive aspect of your Introvert personality. It will balance your social times and bring a feeling of meaning to your life.

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5. EXPERT

Combine focus, original thinking, and a preference for solitude, and Introverts have the building blocks for becoming an expert. Expert status is a hallmark of success and establishment in your career field. Once you have gained mastery of a subject, then others will seek you out. You'll be asked to serve on boards, speak at conferences, teach, write a book, or any number of accolades. Many Introverts have become famous due to their expert status.

Once you limit your choices to one or two major projects, then you are ready to spend the time in solitude working on them. Mastery doesn't happen overnight, and it will probably take a long time to become an expert in your chosen field. As long as you have the drive, you'll keep expanding your repertoire and your horizons. That's a strength that some of the world's most brilliant people share.

6. EXCELLENT LISTENER

One identifying characteristic of an Introvert is your preference for listening rather than speaking in conversation. Introverts are reasonably quiet, especially when compared with Extroverts. You probably often find yourself doing more listening than talking in normal speech. Therefore, one of your greatest qualities is to be an excellent listener. Introverts carefully prepare what they are going to say before it is said, so they do not feel the need to chatter on continuously. Introverts seek meaning and depth in their conversations.

Being able to listen to someone is an incredible gift you can give them. It makes others feel important. Listening is an asset in all of your relationships, and can really strengthen your social circle. You also make an excellent counselor, therapist, psychologist, mediator, and reporter.

7. GREAT FRIEND

Introverts may not receive energy from being Extroverted and having plenty of friends, but the friendships that they do cultivate bring a lot of happiness and meaning to their lives. You are a great friend! You are at your best in one-on-one relationships. With fewer friendships, you're able to experience a wonderful and deep connection with your friends. You also tend to stay friends for years, going through life together and celebrating the important passages of time.

Social media and texting available in today's fast-paced world just can't replace a face to face connection. Reach out to your friends and cherish their friendship. Make the phone call, block out time in your schedule to visit, and keep in touch. Experiencing the deep connection is definitely a positive Introvert trait.

Did you recognize your Introvert strengths in this list? Do you have incredible close friendships, a spouse who feels listened to, happy solitary times, or you're an expert in your field? Many Introverts practice these strengths every day, yet don't recognize them! Use your seven secret strengths to create your own happiness and success, the Introvert way!

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Dancing Water 4 years ago

Thank you for an enlightening hub! I have found that I am both introvert and extrovert, but more the former than the latter. What you have exxpressed here should help those in Western culture to not feel inadequate or guilty for needing solitude__and to see that they can use their requirement of alone time as a strength to be used to develop ones consciousness and skills. Thanks again, Jangaplanet!


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christopheranton 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I'm probably a combination of Introvert and Extrovert. I used top be very Extrovert. Then I gave up drinking.

Thanks for a very useful and interesting article.


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Alex Longsword 4 years ago from Nicaragua

This hub is a self-esteem booster for introvert people and will made them know the wealth in character they have. Thanks for sharing this to us.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

You are most welcome Dancing Water. Thank you! I guess we're all capable of being both extroverted and introverted at the same time. Many do fall on both the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Mostly extroverts are focused toward an objective world, while introverts toward the subjective. I myself am both also, yet more on the extrovert side of things! depending of the situation. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi christopher, I'm a combination of both as well. As an introvert, I enter the inner world of my thoughts and ideas! As an extrovert, (which is stronger than my introvert side) I thrive the outer world of interaction, in search of constant social exchange! Thanks! :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Alex Longsword, Thank you! Both types possess their own unique strengths and challenges!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

'the good and wise lead quiet lives..'...mmmm..unique hub topic, Janga! Can someone be a loner extrovert? lol


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tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

An enjoyable read and it is an interesting topic. I agree there is strength in being able to listen without butting in and not having to talk all the time. Self control really, but like you say it comes naturally to some people.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi ImKarn23, "the good and wise lead quiet lives." Interesting quote from the Greek playwright Euripides regarding introverts. Can someone be a loner extrovert? Good question! Can someone be a social introvert? lol. Some actors for example tend to be extroverted, with larger than life personalities, yet with very severe stage fright. And some introvert types, like Bill Gates, feel comfortable speaking in public, although, he still keeps to himself and is unfazed by the opinions of others. I hope I made sense, you caught me off guard with that one! :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Tebo, thank you. There are great strengths in both types and in all people. Introverts usually find themselves doing more listening than talking. It is a great quality to be an excellent listener. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. :)


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Ranzi 4 years ago from All Over

Nice hub and very useful. Voted up and useful


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks Ranzi, I appreciate it! :)


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shai77 4 years ago

This is a really great way of looking at it. So many introverts think of it as a negative, but I agree with you that they're really so often intelligent, creative, thoughtful people. Great hub on a topic that is original and not many people think about.


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KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

I never know that introvert has so much strenght. I only know that introverts are quite and never like to socialize with people. Thanks for the enlightening. Voted up and awesome.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you shai77, I appreciate it. It’s also important to understand that introversion is different from shyness. And the interesting part is that there are also shy extroverts and outspoken introverts. The main difference between them is their source of energy. :)

You are most welcome KenWu . Their energy source is a little different, but in a very positive way. Basically, they are more likely to enjoy a quiet glass of wine with a close friend than a loud party full of strangers. Thank you so much for stopping by, much appreciated! :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Hi there Jangaplanet,

I've read your Hub twice and I'm baffled to see I am much more of an introvert than I'd ever thought. I've always seen myself as an extrovert, period.

I wasn't aware of the fact that my need for solitude and the comfort it brings me, belongs to one of the 7 strenghts of an introvert.

Apart from that I recognize much more of myself in being an introvert than being an extrovert. Have I been wrong all my life in believing I am an extrovert?

I enjoyed reading this a lot and here I am...on my way to celebrating Christmas on my own in Portugal, Faro.

Just me, my laptop and sunset's at the harbor, observing romance, getting inspired for listening to a stranger and feeling at ease with a lonesome diner.

You got me thinking Jangaplanet:-)

Shared, up and awesome Hub!


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

Well done hub! I consider myself a chameleon. I prefer to be an introvert, but do very well, and have an extrovert streak. I began this life as an introvert, being a shy only child who had a lot of time to be inside my own brain so I can identify with many aspects in this hub. I'm glad you brought attention to the introverts and gave them much needed credit.


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Interesting. I am an extrovert, yet I am a very good listener. I have the ability to focus for long periods of time even with the radio on I can block any type of distraction. Maybe I have traits of both


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ChitrangadaSharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Great hub and quite well written. I think, If a person has a combination of both introvert and extrovert characteristics, that can make him a very fine person. Very interesting article indeed.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Escobana! Thanks! I'm actually a little of both (introvert and extrovert). Although I'm more on the extrovert side (I think) lol. But it really depends of the situation. I also enjoy being alone at times. I get so many things done and recharge my energy! Though, I often get strange looks when I mention to others I sometimes go on vacation or even the movies alone. But It's definitely something I recommend everyone try at least once. You can do a lot of thinking and completely unwind in solitude. There is a big difference between solitude and loneliness. Solitude is our own conscious choice to be alone, irrespective of whether we have many friends or not. But loneliness, is something that you have no choice, we're alone because we don't have others to be with us. But every human being needs solitude, the time which they can spend alone, the time when one needs to recharge. You're spending Christmas alone? In Portugal! Watching the sunset at the harbor? Two words! Lucky you! :) Thank you so much for this kind comment, for sharing, and taking the time to read! :)


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Escobana 4 years ago from Valencia

Hey Jangaplanet:-)

I know all about those strange looks LOL. Christmas on your own?! Don't you have any family or friends? Hmm...yeah but my parents live in freezing Holland, my loved one is in Brazil working day and night and my friends all go outside Valencia.

I love how you mention that you can completely unwind in solitude. I'm looking forward to unwind over a solitary dinner, staring over the sea, not being bothered by anyone or anything.

Loneliness is horrible however. I know the difference and I prefer solitude of course. I'm still wondering whether I am more of an introvert than an extrovert but we seem to have something in common:-)

Great Hub and sharing again!


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Jelliebean 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

Oh no! You have revealed my secret strengths to the world! Thank you for writing this and for reminding people that introvert character trait is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. People are amazing with many depths and strengths and there is room enough for extremes of intro and extro and all the many shades in between.


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jines86 4 years ago from Hawthorne CA

hi jangaplanet:) sorry don't know your name but I agree with u 100% it feels so good to be in that moment with,yourself and really just enjoy your time and thoughts I feel such peace it gives me a break from all the noise:)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you, izettl! I have many introvert friends.. but I noticed when they're around social settings, I assume they're extroverted because they're often the life of the party! I once thought perhaps I was an introvert , but pretty much everyone I've ever met is convinced I'm an extrovert! So I am sort of a chamelian as well. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi lovedoctor926. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. I guess we all have introvert and extrovert qualities and preferences going on at the same time. Some are simply more dominant in us. Introverts and extroverts both have beautiful personality traits that are important. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi, ChitrangadaSharan! I agree! Thank you so much for the kind comment, much appreciated. :)


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

You are most welcome, Jelliebean! Thank you! Sorry.. I just had to reveal your secret! :) You are right! Both types are amazing, with great depth and focus.. and strengths!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi jines86, It's James :) Spending time alone is so important, and you're right! it does bring a feeling of peace, and also an opportunity to reflect on our past, present and future! It gives us the chance to discover how we really feel... without anyone else's input. Thank for stopping by, much appreciated. :)


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amandajoyshapiro 4 years ago

I like your article's top three introvert strengths: focus, original thinking, and observation! We concentrate so much on completing our thoughts and projects. But once they are done, our minds and bodies are exhausted. It takes time to regain that strength and make sense of whatever we think of next. Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of introversion is when we don't have a proper outlet to express ourselves. Being so academically minded and then graduating school, it's not the safety net we miss but the encouragement. I'm finding in the real world you have to create your own niche. It looks like you have found yours in writing too! P.S. Great Quotes!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much, amandajoyshapiro, much appreciated! :) Online is another perfect opportunity to exercise these strengths. It is frustrating (or at least it was at one time) And you are right about not finding the proper outlet for expression. But I also think that thanks to the internet, social media has changed the landscape for introverts, which now can allow the opportunity to take leadership roles as well!


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Express10 3 years ago from East Coast

I think that focusing on things that are important to me and being comfortable with my own solitude are my two biggest strengths as an introvert. I definitely socialize however, I am not one of those people that cannot stand to be alone or is rarely alone. This hub is a good one because it's positive on several points and is not advising people that they should change who they are.


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sjkhan 3 years ago from Pakistan

Very nice hub! Voted up. :)


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Jangaplanet 3 years ago Author

Thank you sjkhan! I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed the hub.


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Ruby H Rose 2 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

Great hub, very helpful. Good to know stuff. More introverted than I thought, so cool.


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

I am an introvert myself and I am going to share this wonderful insight you have brought in your hub. Well done. jamie


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Great article. Although I am mostly an extrovert, there are days that I prefer to be alone and think. This occurs when I am writing my hubs. So I guess you could say depending on my day, my environment and what is going on in my life; I go back and forth from extrovert to introvert. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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Justin Little 2 years ago from Clinton, Connecticut

I'm neutral on this. I believe that one should be able to be a friend at a distance without being considered "weird", but I also would not say "It's just my nature" to excuse being a shut-in. Everybody should interact with somebody; it doesn't matter what medium they use to interact, as long as some purpose is there.

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