Introverts make up a large proportion of the world’s population: between one third and one half of people are introverts. An introvert is a person who gains energy from spending time alone. An introvert finds that spending time with other people in social situations makes them feel drained of energy. This article will explore positive attributes which introverts have, and how they can make the most of their skills.
Beneficial qualities that introverts have
- Introverts are independent and can entertain themselves because they enjoy spending a lot of time by themselves.
- Introverts might have fewer friends and acquaintances. This means that they are able to develop deep, genuine friendships with the people they do know. The attention that introverts choose to give to people is even more special because it is so selective.
- Introverts might be able to be creative when they are alone. Many creative activities require you to be alone, such as drawing and writing.
- Because they are inward-turning, introverts are aware of their strengths and weaknesses.
- Introverts often prefer to think before they speak. Pausing to reflect beforehand means that they can avoid saying things which are troublesome.
- Introverts are usually good listeners, and because of this, they are often the person that others turn to for support and advice.
- Introverts prefer deep conversations to small talk. These deeper conversations can make them seem wise beyond their years.
How can introverts succeed?
- Challenge themselves to be more sociable. Invest time and energy in the current relationships in their lives, continue to build new, meaningful relationships, and take social risks, for example, by speaking up in a meeting.
- Learn to accept and appreciate the fact that they are an introvert. By understanding themselves, they can make the best decisions.
- Recharge, by spending time alone, after being in a noisy environment, or after spending lots of time with other people – otherwise they can risk reaching a state of total exhaustion, which can affect their physical and mental health. Some introverts may take longer than others to recharge.
- Choose a career that complements their strengths. Introverts tend to be better at written communication compared to talking, and they excel at listening and noticing details which others do not.
- Reach out to other introverts and to shy and quiet people. Use their power to include people who may find it hard to join in and express themselves.
Even at the best of times, introverts may feel pressure to socialise a lot. However, in knowing their strengths and some strategies for success, they will be able to help themselves. Everyone has different strengths and it is important to know how to make the most of them.