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Advantages of being an introvert - Benefits that make an introvert's life worth living

Updated on July 2, 2012
An introvert will find happiness and bliss in glass of wine, a nice book and a comfortable couch. Understandably, introverts are known to take full advantage of the little pleasures of life!
An introvert will find happiness and bliss in glass of wine, a nice book and a comfortable couch. Understandably, introverts are known to take full advantage of the little pleasures of life! | Source

There are many publications and articles which address topics like "How to be an extrovert" or "How to go from being an introvert to an extrovert" Why is there such a need to change the personality and behavior of an introvert? After all, an introvert's life is full of pleasure, happiness, enjoyment and satisfaction like no other. Find it hard to believe? Let's look at the advantages of being an introvert.

1) Introverts don't need company to enjoy

Unlike extroverts, introverts don't really require company or to be in a social setting amongst friends and colleagues to enjoy themselves. This advantage of being an introvert is more than what meets the eye. Let us clarify that 'not needing company' should not be equated to leading a life of a loner.

Introverts generally have a few close friends with whom they may have a very intimate relationship. However they don't necessarily need to be in the company of dozens of friends to have a good time. Introverts can find the most intricate of things to keep themselves busy and happy even in solitary environments.

2) Introverts don't need to spend big to entertain themselves

Going out for parties, going out for dinners, going to the pub, etc are some of the typical entertainment options for an extrovert. As one would imagine, all this costs a lot of money. On the other hand, introverts have the advantage of being easily entertained without having to spend heaps of money.

Whether it is time spent playing a musical instrument, surfing the internet, watching TV or playing video games, entertainment options for introverts are much more affordable than those of an extrovert.

3) An introvert's life has less complication

As they have less people around them, introverts are less likely to have social and moral complications in life as compared to an extrovert. Introverts are generally concerned only with their own lives and are happy to lead a solitary yet fulfilling existence.

As introverts are also considered introspective, they generally think twice before engaging themselves in a new activity or with a new group of people. All this leads to a life that has less complication in which the penultimate goal is self fulfillment rather than living a life for the happiness of others.

4) Introverts can enjoy all the pleasures of life

Let's take a classic situation to elaborate this advantage of being an introvert. Below are typical answers that an introvert and an extrovert might give when asked the question "How was your weekend? What did you do?"

Extrovert: "Oh the weekend was great. We had a big Friday night and I ended up nursing a hangover on Saturday. I went out for dinner with some friends on Saturday night and came back late. Sunday went by quick as I had to clear up some mess and prepare for the week ahead"

Introvert: "The weekend was usual. A close friend and I spent Friday evening sipping on some good red wine and watching a classic movie. I drove to a nearby creek on Saturday and sent the afternoon reading a book under the sunny sky. The rest of Saturday and Sunday were spent playing the guitar, surfing my favorite websites and watching episodes of one of my favorite TV shows. Oh and I also spent some time working on my latest painting!"

As you can see, an introvert's weekend was full of some of the simple pleasures of life that may be missed out otherwise.

5) Introverts can enjoy creativeness

Reading, writing, drawing, painting, sculpting, music, designing, crafting, etc are some of the creative activities that are commonly done by introverts. As one would imagine, all these activities are highly creative and require a lot of insight and thought to be put in.

These activities are generally done in solitude and are enjoyed best at a personal level. This indulgence in creativeness is a strong pillar of an introvert's life and is an aspect that an extrovert may not necessarily be exposed to.

6) Introverts can work effectively independently

Ask any manager and they will tell you that introverts can work effectively when left alone. They really don't need the constant moral support or chitter chatter of colleagues to get a job done.

This is the exact reason why introverts can be great artists, sculptors, scientists, musicians, software developers, programmers, number crunchers, writers and much more. This advantage of being an introvert gives immense professional satisfaction and the ability to enjoy one's own job environment.

7) Introverts do what they want to do

Because of the fact that introverts have less complicating elements in their lives, their actions are solely governed by their own satisfaction and happiness. An introvert does not really have many people around them to worry about things like "How will this affect my relationship with Linda?" or "Will Mark feel bad that I did this without him?"

An extrovert on the other hand may need to worry about the social repercussions of his/her actions before doing something. That's because they are under the constant and watchful eyes of the many friends they have. This advantage of being an introvert is loud and clear – "Introverts live life their own way"


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      Pintoman 5 years ago

      Funny that all the comments are from introverts, quietly reading while the extroverts who think we are weird don't take the time (not all of them) to figure us out. Very well written.

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      femmeflashpoint 6 years ago


      Interesting article. I can think of several friends, family members and colleagues who could easily qualify as an introvert.

      Where I stand myself, I'm not sure yet. :)

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi phdast7

      Firstly, let me thank you for sharing real life insight into how you can relate all of this to your career and your personality, that of an introvert to an extent. Your line "......And I am not at all lonely or bored, just very content with my own thoughts.." speaks volumes of how introversion is often mistaken for shyness and loneliness.

      It is the very misconception that society often has about introversion, that this hub aims to lay to rest. After all, the pleasures of being an introvert are some of the most enjoyable moments in life that can be otherwise missed, don't you think?

      Thanks heaps for a stellar comment!


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      Theresa Ast 6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Great topic and great Hub. Far too often I think, people have equated introversion with all but crippling shyness and insecurity. But seldom is that the reality. I love the case you have made for the benefits, strengths, even pleasures of being an introvert.

      There are many careers full of introverts. College professors for example; I know many of them and I am one of them. Our basic nature is introversion - good for reading, research, preparing lectures, etc. And then we develop, some better than others, extrovert characteristics and skills in order to speak publicly and manage a class-room full of students.

      I find it interesting and amusing that whenever this topic comes up in class, all my students immediately label me an extrovert! (Then we talk about what the term really means, of course.) They have no idea how happy I am when class is over to go sit quietly in my office surrounded by paintings, books, maps....and Quiet! And I am not at all lonely or bored, just very content with my own thoughts. :)

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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi randomcreative

      "..its qualities should be embraced, not pushed away.." what a beautiful line you've written!

      Embracing the qualities of your own personalities is often regarded as the key to finding true happiness, which you've pointed out here. It is amazing to see how different life can be if people start embracing their own personalities rather than trying to someone they're not, isn't it?

      Thanks for posting such a lovely comment.


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi Donna

      Thanks heaps for your generous feedback. Much appreciated!


      It is heart warming to know that you could relate to these points. Surely you must have a whale of knowledge and experience watching your sons grow up. It is amazing to see how three personalities, that too siblings, can have different outlooks towards life. I'm sure even the young readers are taking note that your sons are leading happy and healthy lives, even as being introverts to some extent. Thanks for adding value to this hub by sharing your personal experience!


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi Alecia

      Yes, human interaction is a must and that's exactly why I've mentioned that being an introvert should not be equated with being a loner. Introverts can often make the best of friends and share a close bond with the people with whom they share common interests. I'm glad you enjoyed reading this hub and thanks for stopping by!

      Hi Millionaire Tips

      Why weren't you earlier? If you have been successful in whatever you are doing in your own right, there is really no reason to hide from the person that you are!


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      princesswithapen 6 years ago

      Hi techygran

      Introversion is definitely not a mood disorder. You are 100% right. It is, like many other ways, a way of life. I find it appaling to see introverts who try to find ways to become extroverts because that's like fighting against your own self, isn't it? People like yourself are proof that you can be an introvert and enjoy the entirity of your life without having any regrets.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


      Of course it is OK to be an introvert. In fact, some of the most successful inventors and artists whose lives and works have been documented in books have been introverts at some point in their lives. I'm glad you could relate to these points. Thanks!


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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome topic. As another fellow introvert, I also really enjoyed this hub and can relate to many of these aspects of being an introvert. There is definitely nothing wrong with being an introvert, and its qualities should be embraced, not pushed away.

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      Teresa Coppens 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      As a fellow introvert, loved your piece and related to all of it. My middle son is very much an introvert although he can have fun in a group. But he can always keep himself busy and is perfectly happy by himself. Youngest son can handle it on his own but is much happier with friends. He is definitely more of an introvert. Oldest son I would say strays somewhere in the middle. What an interesting topic to write about. Enjoyed very much and voted up!

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      Donna Sundblad 6 years ago from Georgia

      Well developed piece. Enjoyed it very an introvert. Voted interesting and voted up.

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      Shasta Matova 6 years ago from USA

      This hub is great - I am now proud to admit that I am an introvert.

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think it's good to know how to enjoy being alone, but we need human interaction to feel valued and appreciated at times. I think it's good to have a healthy interest in both lifestyles but I enjoyed reading this hub.

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      NiaG 6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Love this! Lots and I mean lots of these things describe me to a T. And guess what, it's ok to be an introvert. Great hub!

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      Cynthia 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Very good points around the strong points of being introverted! Our family is pretty introverted, and along a continuum of being totally happy in being alone 60% of the time, to being a little more social. Many of the introvert activities you mention sound pretty sedentary (which is me) but my husband is a long-distance runner and that is another perfectly-suited introvert's activity. Thanks for educating those out there who think introversion is some sort of mood disorder!