Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being An Introvert

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.

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

  1. 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.

2. Independent.

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.

5. Quiet.

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

  1. 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!

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Being An Extrovert

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The truth of the matter is, today it’s best to be a well-balanced combination of both, introverted and extroverted, for the greatest chances of a successful and fulfilling life.

Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The truth of the matter is, today it’s best to be a well-balanced combination of both, introverted and extroverted, for the greatest chances of a successful and fulfilling life.

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the extrovert.

Advantages of Being An Extrovert

  1. Quicker to advance.

In both the professional and personal realms, the extrovert seems to make quicker advancements. They get noticed at work and move up the ladder with ease. In relationships, they actively seek a partner and stand out in a crowd, making them easy to find and pursue.

2. Socially active.

The extrovert usually has a pretty active social life and stays busy. Idle time gives way to boredom, which is something the extrovert detests. Keeping up with the latest trends, the influential people, etc., seems to be easy as pie.

3. Easily handles crowds.

Because they are so good with people, crowds are a natural home for them. They move fluidly through the sea of people, learning everything they can, engaging with everyone they see.

4. Great at networking.

It should be easy to understand, given their love of people and social interaction, how well the extrovert does with networking. Because they’ve got quite the repertoire of people in their database, they always know someone who does just the thing they need at the time.

Need an attorney? The extrovert probably knows several. Need a good referral for a pediatrician? Again, they’ve got just what the doctor ordered. And if they don’t personally know them, they know someone who does know them.

Disadvantages of Being an Extrovert

  1. Needs positive reinforcement.

People feed them. More so, they feed off people. If they are getting positive reinforcement, they are happy to be the life of the party. If not, they feel they have fallen short somehow often getting depressed and overly critical of self.

2. Pressure to always perform.

The extrovert feels a certain amount of responsibility to perform to higher expectations, especially in social situations. On one hand the pressure feeds their own desires, but if they don’t meet their goals, it’s simply devastating.

3. Highly competitive.

With regard to being in the presence of other extroverts, they are always fighting to be the biggest and best, the most notable and noticed.

4. They act before they think.

It’s common with an extrovert to act on instinct instead of processing potential outcomes and weighing options. Consequences are the least of their concerns in the heat of the moment. This doesn’t always work out in their favor.

5. Come off as annoying.

Quite often, encountering a true extrovert isn’t always pleasant. They tend to come off as annoying, attention-seeking and as if they lack self-awareness. It doesn’t bode well for future meetings as the first impression is already set.

A balanced combination of both personality types (being a mixture of an introvert and an extrovert) would make for the perfect, unstoppable person in both a personal and professional atmosphere.

The ability to work well independently and woo the corporate crowd without the incessant need for positive reinforcement and still have great networking skills is an incredible recipe for total domination on all fields!

Stop Negative Self-Talk And Use Positive Affirmations

Have you ever wanted to just shut that inner voice up for good? The one that beats you up and tells you horrible lies… about yourself? Everyone has an inner voice, but sometimes that nasty voice gets the best of us and creates a breeding ground for negative self-talk and destructive behaviors.

Have you ever wanted to just shut that inner voice up for good? The one that beats you up and tells you horrible lies… about yourself? Everyone has an inner voice, but sometimes that nasty voice gets the best of us and creates a breeding ground for negative self-talk and destructive behaviors.

Negative self-talk isn’t all bad. Sometimes we need the “voice of reason” to reel us back in when we might be on the verge of making a bad decision. For instance, if you’re about to attempt something that compromises the safety of yourself or others, you might need that inner critic to jump up and remind you the risk outweighs the reward.

On the other hand, negative self-talk oftentimes comes in the form of inaudible dialogue with yourself that makes you question even the smallest decisions, things you know you are quite capable of handling. It brings on self-doubt, crushes confidence and pretty much paralyzes the ability to make positive changes.

Using positive affirmations is the best defense against negative self-talk. And yes, while some people find it useful to place sticky notes with encouraging phrases and quotes all over the house and workspace, that doesn’t work for all of us.

Even though the notes are carefully posted in places we are sure to see them, they eventually get ignored because we don’t even believe them in the first place.
Thankfully there are strategies that actually work to stop the negative self-talk and replace it with positive affirmations!

You don’t have to “convince” yourself or repeat some mantra to get the job done. It takes a little critical thinking, but you can absolutely retrain your brain with a more objective game plan.

Here’s how to get started:

What’s Your Trigger?

You have to identify the times your inner negative dialogue begins. It might be when you are facing new challenges at work or getting ready for a blind date. Before you can stop it, you have to know when it starts.

Allow for a Gray Area

Not everything is black and white. Don’t limit yourself to thinking things are either good or bad, wonderful or horrible, beautiful or ugly. There is a middle ground, a place where there is neutrality and calmness.

Think of the last decision you made: Did the result come out exactly perfect or absolutely awful? There’s probably a grey area in there and you haven’t given it a second thought. If the results weren’t positive, they must be negative, right?

Wrong! It doesn’t have to be one or the other. Identify the grey area and it takes some of the stress out of the decision.

Worst-Case Scenario

When we talk negatively to ourselves, we are basically talking ourselves out of whatever we have planned, or want to plan. During times like this we need to go ahead and play out the worst possible scenario in our heads. The worst-case scenario rarely happens but ask yourself how you will handle the situation anyway.

Reframe & Replace

The easiest way to break a bad habit is to replace it with something good. For instance, a smoker might replace cigarettes with suckers. Now that you know your trigger, have realized there is a grey area, worked through the worst-case scenario, it’s time to reframe and replace.

Replace the negative thought with something positive: “I’ll never be good enough” could be reframed by using something you are good at as a focal point for a positive affirmation like, “I’m a very good listener” or “I’m pretty good at organizing things.”

Using Positive Affirmations

Positive affirmations don’t have to be limited to quotes thoughtfully posted all over your home, as stated above. There are lots of ways to work in positive affirmations without lifting a finger.

You just have to train your mind to identify where to apply them. When you get more comfortable noticing the triggers to negative self-talk, arming yourself with positive affirmations becomes second nature.

Here are a few easy ways to incorporate using positive affirmations:

¢ Embrace your flaws and imperfections – everybody has them!
¢ Face your fears – take baby steps and conquer fears that hold you back!
¢ Meditation – being mindful and intention in thought is incredibly powerful!
¢ Do what makes you happy – if you’re happy doing it, you’re probably good at it! Use this as fuel!
¢ Be good to you – take time for self-care! It’s hard to be negative when you feel good inside and out!
¢ Be grateful – negative self-talk doesn’t have a place in a grateful mind.
¢ Surround yourself with positivity – positive people attract other positive people!

Negative self-talk can affect so many areas of life, from personal to professional, nothing is exempt. When we retrain our brains to choose positivity over the negative thought patterns, we create a more healthy and happy life.

The best part about stopping negative self-talk and using positive affirmations is that the power is in our own hands. After all, we are the only ones in control of our own thoughts!