Growing up, I didn't have, or at least didn't realize, the word "introvert" to describe my personality. In fact, I find myself letting others around me tell me who and what I am. Think about it... have you ever been called shy or even better, too shy or too quiet or reserved? I almost accepted that description of myself. But it's funny because the people closest to me like my family and close friends always describe me as funny or super crazy!
So the million dollar question is... what exactly are introverts?
How do you determine who is an introvert or not? Traditionally, an introvert is someone who internalizes his feelings, takes time to himself to regain his energy, and tends to be calm and reserved. This is a common way of describing introverts to us, but it may not be entirely true.
So what are introverts? Turns out the definition might not be that fuse.
Introverts and extroverts
Definitions and stereotypes are used to categorize people easily and place them in well-organized stations. People are often referred to as introverts or extroverts. Introverts are considered shy and lonely, while extroverts are often seen as friendly and general.
But did you know that most introverts are not shy? And did you know that shyness is not a personality trait, but a problem with insecurity/fear that introverts and extroverts experience. This is true! Introverts don't = shy! Thank you very much!
Embrace your introverted personality
If you're an introvert like me, accept it! You're great and you have some pretty cool aspects to yourself. Here are a few:
You work well with other people, especially in one-on-one relationships.
You have an old friendship.
You are super flexible, laid back and cool!
You must be independent!
You have a strong ability to concentrate
you are creative; Non-standard thinker
You have outstanding analytical skills that combine complexity
In our talkative society, being an extrovert is often encouraged, but being introverted is the bombing point!
Ask President Obama... Yes, he's an introvert.
Here's another great factologist I found... Research shows that introverts usually let more blood flow to the areas of the brain that are responsible for controlling logic and solving problems.
What ??! I know that there's an extra vein that sticks out a bit in my temple for some reason!!
Disadvantages of being an introvert
Well, no matter how great we are, we are definitely neither perfect nor extroverted! Like our personality counters, we have problems that if we're not aware of them can get in our way.
Some of us who are introverts may have a hard time making new friends. I can confirm that. Now that I'm older, I've noticed that...
1. I'm not as interested in making friends with everyone as I was when I was younger, and
2. Often we introverts don't talk unless we are told to.
Guilty on charges!
We can also feel uncomfortable when forced to go places with large crowds or large groups of strangers. In some social situations, this can make an introvert look rude or anti-social (often to blame!).
As I said before, we introverts are capable of building strong relationships and care deeply about the well-being of our friends, but sometimes we just don't know how to get the ball in the New Friends department.