The benefits of being an introvert

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Introversion is the tendency to be inwardly thoughtful, having a preference for solitary activities and being by oneself. An introvert is a person who is mainly interested in his/her inner state, thoughts, and feelings, rather than interacting with the outside world. Perhaps, you may have come across one or two people who are not overly fond of spending time with other people, but prefer to be on their own or with one or two close friends. 

The opposite of introversion is extroversion. Extroverts are outspoken and social. They are outgoing, lively, and gregarious, and cannot stay alone for too long; as it makes them feel sick. 

We live in a universe that recognizes extroversion and frowns upon introversion; it seems that extroverts have easier lives in this world. Parents want their little children to be livelier and more outgoing. The society, schools, and workplaces expect people to be more social. But the truth is that being an introvert or an extrovert is largely natural; you were born that way. Although, an introvert can (and should) become slightly more social and accommodating, he cannot be an extrovert. Similarly, an extrovert may be able to act like an introvert, he or she cannot be one. 

While extroversion is not in the least a bad temperament, and surely has some benefits, introversion is just as vital and impressive in our world. There are many benefits of being an introvert, and here are the benefits.​

Introverts are great listeners

Introverts are naturally sensitive to their environment, processing plenty of information at the same time. This ability makes them excellent listeners. They take their time to listen to what you are saying, think thoroughly about it for some time, and respond when you are done talking. They don’t interrupt you while you are talking. Extroverts, on the other hand, are not that patient; as they are very good at firing questions and responses. 

Introverts are great friends

Although, they are not apt to making friends, and are usually not interested in meeting new people, introverts value and are committed to their extremely few friends. They can have as few as one, two, or three friends, and are completely alright with those; they value quality of friendship more than quantity of friends. Cherishing their few friends as though they were family, introverts can move mountains for them. 

Introverts are more introspective

Introversion has to do with having preference for the internal state; a quality which makes introverts very likely to be self-aware. Introverts think thoroughly before they act. They take time to consider whether their actions will be offensive or unwise. Sometimes, they don’t act because they are unsure of what the outcome will be. Their counterparts, the extroverts, however, are not very introspective. Extroverts think less and act more impulsive, which makes them more likely to make unwise decisions, as they did not think them through. 

Introverts concentrate better

From the dedicated artist to the music composer, the architect to the philosopher, the engineer to the writer, and the scientist to the novel-reader, introverts are comparably better at laser-like concentration than extroverts. Introverts like to concentrate and think thoroughly about what they are doing, which makes them more likely to excel in their chosen professions than their counterparts. While there are also extroverts who perform excellently in their careers, studies have found that more than 65% of the greatest achievers in the world are introverts. Bill Gates, Picasso, Mozart, Michelangelo, and Albert Einstein are all introverts. Do you know that most script-writers for movies are introverts?

Introverts are creative

Since introverts focus on the inner world, they engage mostly in creating, analysing, and imagining. They are great visionaries, capable of intricate reasoning and phenomenal inventions. As a result, they are likely to excel in such courses as mathematics, architecture, story-writing, philosophy, engineering, and fine art. Their inclination to be creative, and their ability to concentrate effectively also makes them studious and smart. Their analytical and problem-solving abilities are often better developed than those of extroverts.

Introverts are independent

There is a common belief, even in the world of psychology, that extroverts are a lot happier than introverts. However, this is not true. While extroverts are energized by and delight in interacting with and being in the midst of many people, introverts are energized by being on their own and engaging in that highly delightful solitary activity that they like. Although, it is likely that there are more extroverts in the world than introverts, extroverts need other people to be happy; since they depend on them for their happiness. Introverts, on the other hand, do not need other people to be happy; because they are perfectly cool with being on their own. However, the average introvert would be unhappy if he/she didn’t have close friends.