Your Natural Strengths
As an introvert you may find you have a greater appreciation of subtlety and understatement — talents that, when harnessed, can become great strengths. Taking longer to answer questions is not a personality flaw, but means that you’re making more mental connections and your answers are likely to contain more substance. Extroverts would have to make an effort to think as deeply as you do naturally.
Your self-sufficiency also can be an advantage, as you don’t habitually judge yourself in terms of how others rate you. On the contrary, you are able to focus clearly on your day’s achievements.
Without the pressing need to be sociable or gain attention and approval, you can spend time on relationships and close friendships, which are often more profound than those shared by extroverts.
In the Workplace
Here your more restrained nature can really pay off. Many employers value classic introvert approaches — a calm, measured and thoughtful attitude both toward work projects and interactions with colleagues. Without strong impulsive tendencies, you consider your actions and others’ opinions rather than acting first and thinking later. You listen carefully then develop your ideas independently, with reflection. Be proud!
Perhaps in the modern world extroversion is overestimated. While it’s true that extroverts get their energy from relating to other people, that doesn’t necessarily make them good company. Nor are they always the best people at delivering messages — although viewed as natural communicators, if they are always on “send,” others can struggle to “receive” the message and get a word in.
So be proud of your introversion and work with your skills. You never know — you may inspire others to have more consideration and perseverance, or even become a “visionary” poet or artist!
References and further reading
Allport F. H., & Allport G. W. (1921). Personality traits: Their classification and measurement. Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, Vol. 16, pp. 6-40.
Jung Typology Test (based on the Myers-Briggs personality test)
Collingwood, J. (2007). The Benefits of Being an Introvert. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/the-benefits-of-being-an-introvert/
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2013
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