The Perks of Being an Introvert

It was this part of my life after college when I was looking for a job. I remember attending my first interview and during the process, the lady who was interviewing looked at me and glanced “Are you an introvert?”. I replied “Yes”. The rest was history.

Most of us think that an introvert is a person who likes to be alone, aloof and lives in his own dream world that is away from reality. That is true, but this is only a very small part of our understanding of the word introvert. All humans are introverts in some way and this could change depending on the circumstances they are subjected to. Most humans are ambiverts, which means that they could be introverts or extroverts depending on whom they interact with and the environment they are in.

It is generally considered that introverts are uncanny people who live a sad life, but in most cases that is not true. There are many perks of being an introvert, and I might have to write a book to cover everything, but here is just a gist of it.

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Less or No Drama to Care About

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.” – Audrey Hepburn

An introvert is someone who is not aversively social; instead, he or she is only selectively social. Introverts have a smaller circle of friends in real life, though they might be willing to connect with many virtually. Introverts like acquaintances, but they make only a few friends out of them. This exposes them to lesser drama and keeps them happy.

Easier to Live a Minimalistic Life

“For an introvert, his environment is himself and can never be subject to startling or unforeseen change.” – Quentin Crisp

Many philosophers have believed that a minimalistic life is the key to happiness. If you are wondering what a minimalistic life is, it is trying to live with what a person has instead of desiring for more. Introverts like being alone and are happy to spend time with themselves. This helps them to avoid unwanted expenditure on social events like parties. Hence, they can easily live a minimalistic life and keep themselves happy. This is something that is one of the enviable perks of being an introvert.

Great at Making Decisions

“The time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself.” – Douglas Coupland

“Leave me alone!”. This is something we hear from people when they are lost, dejected or deeply depressed. I always believe that even the most hardcore extroverts want to be alone at some point in their lives. It is general for human beings to be their best when they become introverts. People might get suicidal when they say that they want to be alone, but cases like these are very small in number.

Being alone gives people time to think for themselves, unadulterated by another person’s advice, which could confuse them even further. Introverts take their own decisions most of the time, and that’s why most successful entrepreneurs are introverts.

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Introverts Are Focused

Another one of the most important perks of being an introvert is being focused. Introverts do not give a damn about what is happening in their surroundings, especially when they are in deep thought. This is why they succeed at solving problems faster than extroverts.

Introverts Are great lovers

“Introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly.” – Susan Cain

It is hard to befriend an introvert, but if you succeed at that, you might have earned a friend for a lifetime. Most introverts might not be with you in social parties or events, but many introverts like to spend time with another person, just you and them. Introverts are also good at telling things straight your face and they will not talk behind your back. What else could you ask for in a good friendship?

If you are in love with an introvert, it’s even better.

Best People to Have a Conversation With

“Introverts are word economists in a society suffering from verbal diarrhea.” – Michaela Chung

It is a general misunderstanding that introverts do not like to speak. Introverts do not speak much, and that makes them great listeners. However, that does not mean that they do not like to talk. Introverts hate unnecessary small talk or gossip, which is something that is the central point of conversation between the extroverts.

Since they are good listeners, they love to talk about something specific and if there is a topic that interests you and the introvert, then you will have a very deep conversation. This is again one of the best perks of being an introvert.

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Likewise, introverts do have many other traits that can classify them as the best human beings, and like I mentioned, I would need to write a book to cover all of that.

To put it simply, introverts are actually the best people to move with. They give you your own time and space, but also cherish your relationship. If you think that an introvert is someone who never likes to talk or communicate with people, then that is a completely wrong idea. Introverts come in all shapes and sizes and they love to express themselves, but just with the right person.