We live in a dog-eat-dog world and everybody gets labeled, whether they like it or not. In the past, introverts got a bad rap when compared to their extroverted counterpart. The introvert was often overlooked and undervalued next to the outgoing, fun-loving extrovert.
However, both personalities have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, and being an introvert has many good points!
Advantages of Being an Introvert
- Ability to focus.
These folks are typically able to hyper-focus on a particular subject or item for longer periods than would be deemed natural or even possible for an extravert. Research is a piece of cake for the introvert.
The introvert needs very little supervision and works best independently.
3. Great organizers.
The introvert gives great attention to detail and leaves no stone unturned. They are great with organization and planning.
4. Cultivate more meaningful relationships.
For the introvert, it takes a while to open up. They take time to build relationships and really dig in deep. The amount of relationships isn’t important for them; it’s the depth and quality.
Quality over quantity is very much the standard for an introvert.
Obviously the introvert is quiet and deliberate with their actions. This trait also makes them great listeners and they are careful with their words, choosing carefully as to not offend or rock the boat.
Disadvantages of Being an Introvert
- Bad first impression.
Because they use fewer words and sometimes are socially awkward, their first impressions aren’t usually the best. They might come off socially inept or lacking in essential verbal skills. It’s not that their vocabulary is underdeveloped, because they are likely well-read; it’s more due to their lack of social encounters and inexperience with actual social cues.
2. Labeled as weird or awkward.
Speaking of being socially awkward, they get a reputation for being the weirdos of the group. Maybe they are a little different, but that’s hardly “weird”.
3. No Regard for Social Customs.
Because they don’t get out often and avoid crowds, people, an all things social, the customs of those well-acquainted with a social life are not only unknown, but unimportant to the introvert. Why bother with the crowd and their rituals if you’re never really in the crowd?
4. Often left out or overlooked.
In a social setting, the introvert frequently gets overlooked and forgotten when invitations go out. In a professional setting, their work is often overlooked because they aren’t the center of attention and usually hiding in a corner somewhere diligently working when others are running amok gloating about their latest discoveries and successes to the powers that be.
Regardless of whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, both have good qualities that can be built on and grown. This is where if you build your strengths and work on your weaknesses, you can build a better you!
You don’t have to become loud and ‘out there’ if you don’t want to. So if it makes you happier, be quiet and be proudly you!