Benefits of Being an Introvert

“The limited circle is pure.” Franz Kafka

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes” C.G. Jung

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What Society Favors

There is no doubt that this world is mostly an extroverted world. People are rewarded for going out into the world and being noticed. Being social and friendly is seen as an advantage and aid to networking the connections necessary for business success. Quiet and solitary individuals are seen as at a disadvantage and without the qualities and skills deemed necessary for success in this extrovert world. Besides, who would not want to be known as the “life of the party” instead of the dull wallflower who goes unnoticed in the corner?

In fact, extroversion is such the standard that we all tend to “fake it” a bit to fit into our workplaces, at social engagements and within all aspects of daily life to avoid being thought of by others as shy, awkward or weak. We all learn, starting at a young age, that traits of extroversion are those deemed healthy and socially acceptable and become conditioned to exhibit those traits of social friendliness such as talkativeness and openness in order to attract and be liked by others. Introverted traits are given negative labels such as shyness, anti-social behavior or loneliness.

In truth, introverts are not necessarily shy or lonely. They simply just prefer the company of themselves or small groups. In addition, there are even unique advantages and benefits to having characteristics of an introvert personality.

What are you?

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  • More of an Extrovert
  • More of an Introvert
  • Somewhere in the Middle
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What is an Introvert?

Generally, introverts prefer being in a one-on-one setting or within a small good as opposed to within a large group or at a party.

Introverts don’t mind being or working alone.

Introverts tend to think before doing and take their time at making decisions.

Having the characteristics of introversion simply means that you don’t need as much outside stimulation as an extrovert. As a result, you may steer clear of situations that would cause you to be overly simulated. You are satisfied with the stimulation that comes from your own thoughts and ideas, as well as those of a few close friends.


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On the Plus Side

Being called an introvert isn't all bad. Here are the good points:

  • Concentration. The quiet allows for deep concentration on difficult tasks, unique problems and the development of creative solutions. The moments of aloneness allow for the creative space to develop solutions, strategies and ideas that are innovative and gifted.
  • Great partner in life. Good at listening and helping people one-on-one with a problem and offering support.
  • Opportunity to know oneself. Without a lot of outside distraction and noise, introverts have time to get to know themselves, discover their interests and passions and get in touch with their beliefs and values.
  • Observant. Tend to notice and be conscious of things. Introverts tend to notice all of the suffering, injustice, beauty and kindness that exists in the world that can provide opportunities for them to address needs, solve problems and express gratitude for the small things.
  • Time. Introverts have the time to develop a craft, interest, hobby or skill to the level of an expert. They can hone a skill to the point of becoming an invaluable member of any workplace, team or endeavor.
  • Independent. Can work independently to get a task done without expecting to be encouraged or supported by others. Inward motivation often provides the drive for introverts to successfully complete a project and be trusted to complete a task on time, providing the added benefit of reliability.

These are just some of the benefits that can be characteristic of an introvert. Obviously, real people fall all along a spectrum of personality characteristics and encompass both the traits of extroversion and introversion.

"There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum." Carl Jung

Is there power in being an introvert?

Check out the videos about Susan Cain's book, QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking for more information about society's privileging of extroversion and dismissal of introversion. I have posted the first video of the series.

The Power of Introverts

Final Words

The point is to not stereotype and label people and their personality characteristics as all good or all bad. There is good to be found in the qualities of an introvert that should be rewarded, encouraged and valued at school, within the workplace and among family members. Enjoy the power of introversion and use the quiet to develop a great idea, solve a perplexing world problem or write the next great novel.

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Good Guy 3 years ago from Malaysia

Interesting hub. Vote up.

I am definitely an introvert. From my personal experience, all these years, if I had a choice I would rather be an extrovert.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for stopping by Good Guy.


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smw1962 3 years ago

It is refreshing to read about the positive aspects of being introverted in a world which celebrated extroverts. Thank you for this article.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks @smw1962. Love your doggy pic.


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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

I love my own company but I wouldn't say I'm introverted. Voted up and interesting


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I think i have a little bit of both but probably more intro. Interesting topic. Voter up and sharing. Thank you..


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for the votes up @Sue Bailey @always exploring.


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aviannovice 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Many youngsters are shy, and learn extroversion at a later point in time, when they are ready. As is said, not everyone is strictly either, which really is a normal balance. Good piece!


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janetwrites 3 years ago from Georgia country

I'm definitely an introvert and have always felt that people find this strange. So your hub has encouraged me to think that being introverted is not that bad. We need both extroverts and introverts to have a balance.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I think that all types of people are needed in this world.


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Sweet Epistles 3 years ago from From the Heart of God

Thank you for this hub. Being an introvert person I definitely could relate. The positive side encourage me to realize that I am just but a normal and happy person as me or with a small group of people I'd really love and trust.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Really excellent article and everyone should read it. Both your text and the video are very informative and provide information everyone should give some serious thought about.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for reading @Au fait.


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

Truthfornow,

I like reading about introverts, because I definitely am one! I can be friendly, but I get overstimulated around a lot of people, and enjoy thinking and reflecting, and spending some time by myself. I used to get a little annoyed by being labeled "shy". There were times I was shy, but there were also many times that I was just comfortable with myself, and didn't have much to say out loud. Or if I was around others who talked fast, I wouldn't have time to think about what to say and say it.

I have changed a bit over the years, and have become a little less "socially awkward", so I have transitioned fairly well into seeming a touch more extroverted... at least enough to move forward!

Thanks for sharing this lovely piece with us, and have a wonderful week!

~ Kathryn


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for leaving such a thoughtful comment @Kathryn. Being quiet doesn't mean shy. Some people talk so much, I find it very hard to get a word in edgewise.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

I grew up painfully shy, but I learned over the years to "fake" being an extrovert. After a while, it was easier to take on the personality of an extrovert. Now I guess I'm just a little of both!

I wrote a Hub on this same subject. It's been an interesting subject for me.

Voted UP and shared.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I'm definitely an introvert, and was also extremely shy as a child. I really had to work at becoming more comfortable in social situations, and can handle it more easily now that I'm older. It's good to read about the advantages of being an introvert - you're right that society favors extroversion. Voted up, useful, interesting and sharing.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

I agree that you can fake it and learn to be more extroverted when it matters @mary615. I will check out your HUB.

@mperrottet it is unfortunate that the good things about being an introvert aren't always openly appreciated.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

I needed this I have problems with being introverted, heck I even have problems being social online when I should have some degree of seperation. I put all of my energy into my children and learning and writing instead of socially, it is too awkward and hard for me. Jamie


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

All you can do is the best you can do @jhamann. I bet you take great care of your kids.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

truthfornow,

This is a well-written hub which I found very interesting and useful. When I was younger, I was very introverted, and I think that this excessive introverted nature stymied my emotional development. It was only after I left my rural home and went away to college that I started to become more extroverted. You're correct in noting that all people have both introverted and extroverted characteristics. The problem lies in being excessively introverted or extroverted. Voted up and sharing with followers.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Very interesting. It is good to know that I have some good qualities from being an introvert. Thanks!

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