Why Being An Introvert Rocks
This post has been triggered by some posts I read at other blogs in which atleast three introverts claimed that they are introverts but trying to be extroverts & one actually listed her introversion under her weaknesses…I cringed at this…I’ve been an introvert all my life n I actually regard it as one of my principal strengths…even my USP (except for the time during my teenage years when I like others believed being an introvert is some sort of curse to be rid of & everyone is suppossed to enjoy parties n be the life of parties & that if I like to stay at home n read books something is seriously wrong with me…those were pretty hard times for me…but I didn’t know any better then…thankfully I’m a lot wiser now, now I’ve embraced my introversion & celebrate myself for who I am)…I guess the reason why introversion might be seen as negative is because it’s mainly an extroverted world: stats say about 3/4 of total population is extroverted while only about 1/4 are introverted & on top of it introverts are not as vocal as extroverts. I want other introverts to know that this is something to celebrate n not to be cured.
What you thought was wrong with you may be what’s right with you. ~Alan Cohen
Okay let’s get things in order & get clear on the basics
Introversion is not equal to being shy, Shy people want to mingle with others but can’t, introverts just want to be left alone though they can be social n gregarios when they occassionally choose to. According to gifted kids section at about.com
Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.
Introverts just like to spend time with themselves. They enjoy their solitude unlike extroverts who are happier around people..now isn’t it a blessing to enjoy one’s own thoughts n company, that way we don’t depend on others for our joy & we never get bored, a complain I often hear from extroverts is they are getting bored when external stimulation/ excitement is not available to them but no so with us..I mean I’ve never ever got bored for 5 minutes in my life…if nothing else is available, I’m engaged with my own thought processes…I find my thoughts very entertaining. Introverts are more self aware, more thoughtful, live life inside out rather than outside in. Basically all characteristics of a person reaching the stage of self actualization. It just may so happen that they might become confused due to dominant voices in the society.
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So introverts what are you waiting for?? Go ahead & celebrate your strengths.
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Know More About Me:
- Celebrating introversion (chrysalisjourney.wordpress.com)
- Extroverts, Introverts, Aspies and Codies (ribbonfarm.com)
- Introversion as a Mental Illness (aloftyexistence.wordpress.com)
- Introvert Networking: Start Here (brandimpact.wordpress.com)
- Introverted employees make the best leaders (stevenwoodall.wordpress.com)
- Introvert-Extrovert Friendships: Hows, Whys, and Why Nots. (psychologytoday.com)
- A Compelling Theory About Introversion, Extroversion, and Autism (psychologytoday.com)
- QUIZ: Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert? (And Why It Matters) (psychologytoday.com)
- The Introverted Boss: How to Be a Quiet Leader (psychologytoday.com)
- Introverts Unite! (imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com)