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I Used to Feel Ashamed of Being an Introvert. Not Anymore. Here’s Why.

I used to feel ashamed of being an introvert.

But in recent years, I’ve realized being an introvert has its advantages.

Here are four.


You’re Creative

Introverts spend a lot of their time alone. And because of this, we:

  • Have more time to explore our interests

  • Have more time to come up with unique ideas

  • Have more time to do our best work because our “best work” comes from solitude


You’re Self-Aware

I spend a lot of time alone. And I devote some of this time to reflecting on my thoughts and feelings through journaling. This is why I have an understanding of:

  • My values

  • My priorities

  • My strengths and weaknesses

  • The kind of life I want to build

  • And the type of person I want to become

And this self-awareness (for the most part) guides me in my day-to-day decision-making.

With this said, there are two things I want to mention.

First, I’m definitely not perfect. So I still act out of alignment with my values sometimes. But, I try to be aware of it and correct myself. And I try to limit doing so as much as possible.

Two, I’m still a work in progress. Self-awareness is a lifelong journey. And so, it’s important we’re kind and compassionate toward ourselves as we figure out who we are and what we want.


You’re a Good Problem-Solver

Stephen Covey said, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” In my opinion, this quote captures the essence of an introvert's personality. Why? Because a key strength of ours is that we listen, observe, and analyze deeply before acting. This is what makes us great problem-solvers.


You Have Deep and Fulfilling Relationships

I protect my energy. And one of the ways I do this is by being socially selective. In other words, I carefully choose who I spend time with. And it’s often based on factors like a person’s character, energy, habits, and values. And because I go through this mental checklist before I decide to be friends with someone, I just don’t have many friends, lol. But, you know what? I’m okay with that. Because of the friends, I do have? Well, they’re strong and meaningful bonds.


Wrapping Things Up

Here are 4 advantages of being an introvert.

  1. You’re creative.

  2. You’re self-aware.

  3. You’re a good problem-solver.

  4. You have deep and fulfilling relationships.


Photo by Helena Lopes on Unsplash

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