10 frequently overlooked benefits of being an introvert

If you consider yourself an introvert, you may find yourself envious sometimes of others who make socializing seem so easy.

They can quickly make friends with anyone, hop from one social circle to another, or express themselves in front of a crowd without breaking a cold sweat.

You can only wonder how it must feel to be comfortable and enthusiastic in most social situations.

Being a social butterfly sure is a good thing, but you may not want to write yourself off way too quickly just because you’re an introvert.

You may not know it yet, but introverted people are also capable of many amazing things not a lot of people can do.

Like extroverts, you are also loved by many because of your unique personality. There are actually many perks to being an introvert many often overlook, including yourself.

1) They Tend to Have a Rich Source of Creative Juices

Introverted people tend to prefer being alone in a quiet place or with a few close friends, but not only because they’re shy or reserved.

This is also because they’re more comfortable reflecting on their inner thoughts or enriching ideas instead of getting immersed in what’s happening around them.

Introverted people tend to retreat to their minds whenever they need to recharge, unlike extroverts, who get their energy from seeking out other people.

Extroverts may become influenced by the people around them and follow the trends, but introverts tend to stick to their guts and nurture their ideas.

Because of this, introverts are usually very creative and imaginative. They’re capable of creating wonderful and original things, if not completely unorthodox.

2) They’re Often More Self-Sufficient Than Others

Many people, and even introverts themselves, often overlook their ability to do things on their own.

They aren’t the type of people who need to be spoon-fed with instructions or supervised all the time only to get a job done.

As introverts are more comfortable working alone, they rely on their skills and rich ideas to finish their tasks.

They work hard to analyze the problem and come up with a solution instead of talking it out with someone.

You may appreciate an introvert’s independence not only in the workspace but also in relationships.

If you prefer low-maintenance friendships, introverts might be the best person to rely on.

They aren’t usually needy, obnoxious, or rowdy. Introverted people value space and some time alone to recharge social batteries.

Because of this, they’d usually respect your need to unplug, too. They won’t usually get upset with you if you take a rain check just because you need to rest.

3) They’re Usually Highly Observant

Introverted people tend to have an edge over everyone else in terms of being observant – they usually see things many people miss.

Their reserved and sensitive nature allows them to be less stimulated, take in every detail possible, and process them deeply.

This is also one of the reasons why they tend to be empathetic. Introverted people can usually see through every person and spot if something’s wrong.

Aside from being able to form meaningful relationships, introverts’ heightened observation skills make them likely to get productive and succeed in their careers.

They can also be great at perceiving people on a deeper level, which can be beneficial for navigating adulthood.

They don’t always crave attention, so they take the time to pay attention and assess the situation.

4) They Tend to Be Highly Empathetic

Introverts tend to be highly empathetic, making this one of the great things about them that many overlook.

Extroverts can also be empathetic but tend to respond to it differently, usually relying on verbal interaction.

Introverts tend to have a heightened sensibility, allowing them to feel vividly what others do.

This makes them say or do the things they need to make you feel better.

Introverts tend to be empaths, as they feel situations on a deeper level.

They have this ability from being immersed in their thoughts more than others, exploring the nuances of human emotions.

Because of this, introverts can be some of the most reliable people ever.

My friends, who pay the most attention to my welfare and know the words I need to hear when I get sad, are mostly introverted.

5) They Tend to Think Before Speaking or Acting on Anything

Introverts are usually reflective and self-aware, allowing them to think deeply before speaking or acting on anything.

We all know the risks of impulsively saying words that ended up being abrasive or acting on something without weighing its consequences.

That’s why this ability to pause and think your actions through is one of the best yet overlooked advantages of introversion.

Introverted people are highly observant. They process details first before responding, which makes them less likely to say something they don’t mean or do things irrationally.

Introverted people might not always be as spontaneous as others, but you’d know they mean every word they tell you. This makes many people trust and respect introverts.

6) They Can Make Deep and Meaningful Conversations

Have you experienced being surrounded by kind and supportive people but opening up still seems difficult?

You have an impression that they won’t get you. But there are still some people who make you feel comfortable talking about things on a deeper level.

They always know the right words you need to hear, and talking to them somehow feeds your soul.

And these people are usually introverted, taking the time to let their thoughts simmer.

Introverts are also great at making deep and meaningful conversations without making them seem forced, unnatural, or pretentious.

You’d always have their full attention when you’re speaking, allowing them to listen and look through you.

And with their empathetic nature, they get interested in what you say and respond with the same enthusiasm and energy as yours.

7) They Tend to Be More Self-Aware Than Others

You may not know it yet, but your heightened self-awareness as an introvert is one of your strongest suits.

Introverted people tend to be like this because of their reflectiveness and keen observation – they usually spend more time internalizing experiences and examining insights, emotions, and motivations instead of pressuring themselves to fit into social circles.

Self-awareness helps you to form a closer yet more complex relationship with yourself.

Understanding yourself makes you see your true self, like strengths and points for improvement.

It allows you to navigate life with utmost peace of mind, listening to what your body and soul need.

This also makes you more careful of your actions towards others.

As an introvert, my self-awareness isn’t always friendly, as it always points out my flaws. But I realized this is a crucial process in striving to do the right things always and forgive and love myself.

8) They Can Focus Better

Introverted people tend to have better focus than others, as they spend more time with themselves than socializing with others.

Extroverted people tend to get more uninspired and burned out without the company of their peers, so they prefer doing things in a group, where minor disturbances tend to be unavoidable.

On the other hand, introverted people don’t mind spending days shut off from the world to finish a task.

With this, they can get deeply engrossed in what they’re doing. Aside from this, introverts tend to focus on a goal without worrying about what others think about them.

They find that these things simply don’t matter compared to what they must do.

9) They Tend to Be Great at Making Decisions and Solving Problems

An introvert’s decision-making and problem-solving skills are also some of the most important yet underappreciated advantages they have over others.

They tend to be more cautious and analytical when resolving problems and making decisions, barely acting on impulse.

This is because of their nature to rely on their observation and complex thought process.

Introverts tend to take time to think things through on their own and harness their creativity when solving problems.

They also possess a deep understanding of human behavior and other aspects of life, which contributes to making better decisions and perceiving the people around you more clearly.

10) They’re Good at Forming Deep and Long-Lasting Relationships

Introverts may retreat from the buzzing noises of the world to the comforts of their own company, but they’re still great at forming meaningful and long-lasting relationships.

For starters, they’re highly empathetic, allowing them to be great listeners and tell you comforting words.

They respect and value your personal space. Introverted people know the weight of the words you confide in them, so they’re usually the ones you can trust.

Introverted people may not always be considered social butterflies.

But they still make substantive relationships with their close friends or partners, serving as solid support systems through thick and thin.

So the next time you feel bad about being an introvert, only remember your strongest suits. You’re just as appreciated and loved as anyone else.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. Check out my latest book on the Hidden Secrets of Buddhism and How it Saved My Life. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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