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!