The world, as it exists today, seems like it was made for extroverts. Our televisions are filled with big, gregarious personalities and schools and workplaces are trending toward group collaboration rather than individual work that was once the norm.
Introverts are often mistakenly seen as sullen or angry, which isn't always representative of what's really going on. Introverts are wired differently than extroverts, but these differences are awesome, and can even make it seem like the quieter you are, the more super powers you possess.
1. Introverts are fantastic listeners.
Because introverts 1) don't enjoy the spotlight and 2) are forced into human interaction, we spend a fair amount of time just listening to others. This gives introverts a unique perspective on how to handle problems.
2. Introverts are fairly non-confrontational.
Confrontation is a social interaction that nobody wants; introverts least of all. If small talk is daunting, then having to argue with someone is the stuff nightmares are made of. Introverts are more comfortable being passive aggressive rather than being directly confrontational.
3. Introverts often have incredible patience.
Despite their best efforts, introverts find themselves in social settings more often than they'd like. Because they spend more time listening and absorbing the scenario much more than actually reacting to it, it becomes easier to exercise a little patience.
4. Introverts have great ideas, but they won't come out in large groups.
Because introverts are so perceptive and spend much of their time quietly thinking rather than socializing, they can have some brilliant ideas or have questions about a certain situation. Unfortunately, none of that is likely to come out in a group meeting/project/brainstorming session where raising a hand to speak out is required.
5. Introverts are often great judges of character.
Because introverts spend a good amount of time hanging back and watching people, they tend to have a natural ability to judge a person's character. If an introvert has strong feelings against someone the first time they meet, it's probably best to steer clear of that person.
Sure, this one sounds kind of mean, but because social interaction is so daunting for introverts, this actually makes it a lot easier to find out who is worth putting the energy into and who is not.
6. Introverts are typically less impulsive.
Because introverts are typically overthinkers who are really reserved, there aren't many who are routinely impulsive. Though everyone needs a little spontaneity in their lives, there's something to be said for being dependable in nature and a decreased tendency to make rash decisions.
7. Introverts make loyal friends.
Rather than having a big group of friends, introverts are generally more comfortable with a much smaller group, and probably even prefers hanging out one at a time best. Because actual friendship is reserved for so few people, introverts really prize these relationships and do what they can to keep them in tact.
After all, the thought of having to go out and make a new friend sounds absolutely awful, so introverts are careful to treasure existing friendships. The downside to this is that introverts can feel jealous when they see their friend with other friends.
8. Introverts usually know what's up.
If there's anyone who is the star of the Pub Trivia team, it's an introvert. Because introverts spend so much time reading and taking in the Universe, they have a good sense of what's going on out there. With such a large bank of knowledge, they're able to make really interesting connections between things.
9. Introverts have an excellent poker face.
Well, maybe not "poker face" as much as "resting b*tch face," but the point remains that introverts are generally hard to read. So much is happening inside their heads, that not a lot gets translated to outward expression. If you need someone to keep a secret, an introvert is generally a solid bet.
10. Introverts draw strength in solitude.
Extroverts might feel stir crazy spending too much time alone, but introverts thrive on it. Because of the sensory overload that can occur from social situations, introverts often need time alone to process everything that has happened and to recharge before going out again.
The need to be alone doesn't always indicate that someone is mad. Or depressed. Or require being changed in any way.
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