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What does it mean to be an introvert?

Updated: Jun 1, 2021

Being an introvert simply means that you gain energy from being alone and social settings drain you.

If you ever felt drained after being at a party or in a crowded place for a long period of time, it's most likely that you are an introvert. Introverts are generally reserved, often quiet people who are deep thinkers. Introverts prefer small gatherings with close friends as opposed to large groups of strangers.

Either way, we need a lot of alone time to recharge.

Extroverts are the opposite to what I already mentioned. Extroverts thrive on social interactions as this fuels their energy. The world is pretty much designed for an extrovert. Think about networking events; open plan offices, etc which are pretty common in our current reality. The same which are energy sucking to an introvert.

Introverts have different needs to what society considers the norm and there is nothing wrong or abnormal about being introverted. We just need more alone time to be our best selves.

What being introverted DOESN'T mean:

  • shy

Being Shy and being introverted are two completely different things. Introverts just don't like small talk, but prefer more meaningful conversations.

  • antisocial

Most introverts like social interactions. They just need to recharge before and after a social event and be prepared to engage in it. Some may need to recharge more frequently than others.

  • something is wrong

The world, being extroverted often think that something is wrong with introverts when they don't want to go out. It just means that we have different needs and that we require down time to be healthy and balanced.

  • lack emotion

Introverts may not show emotion with their facial expressions and gestures, but this doesn’t mean they’re not interested in what you’re saying. Introverts prefer to control their emotions around others and internalize them. Although someone who’s introverted may not appear engaged, this is usually not the case.

  • poor public speakers

Some introverts may not like speaking in large group settings; however, many introverts are naturally gifted speakers. And, introverts generally spend more time preparing for speeches and presentations rather than speaking off the cuff.

  • under-achievers

Because we have such an affinity for the charismatic, personable, extroverted leader, some people assume that introverts are underachievers compared to extroverts. However, there are millions of successful introverted scientists, artists, physicians, writers, and philosophers. Achievement is not necessarily related to personality type.

  • not good leaders

Introverts can be quiet but confident leaders. They are particularly effective at managing extroverts because they’re good listeners and don’t compete with them.

So if you are an introvert, know that there is nothing wrong with you. It just takes a little more understanding of who you are and what energizes you. You have strengths that you can use to build on. No one is you and that is your superpower.

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