Make Your In­tro­ver­sion Work for You

Are you an in­tro­vert who thinks your re­served na­ture is a char­ac­ter flaw? Stop. It’s far from it. Here’s how you can use your in­tro­ver­sion to your ad­van­tage.

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Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, in­tro­verts aren’t an­ti­so­cial, in­hib­ited, or lonely. They just re­act and func­tion dif­fer­ently from their more gre­gar­i­ous coun­ter­parts. Also, in­tro­verts aren’t nec­es­sar­ily shy, be­cause while shy­ness is the fear of so­cial judg­ment, in­tro­ver­sion is more about how a per­son re­sponds to so­cial stim­u­la­tion.

It can be an as­set

But just why is in­tro­ver­sion viewed as a short­com­ing in our so­ci­ety? Why do in­tro­verts usu­ally get passed over for lead­er­ship po­si­tions at work? It’s be­cause there’s an ex­pec­ta­tion to be more as­sertive and to speak up in school and the work­place.

Thank­fully, this rather out­dated mind­set is slowly be­gin­ning to change, with more and more peo­ple recog­nis­ing the pos­i­tive as­pects of a quiet per­son­al­ity.

In The In­tro­verted Leader: Build­ing on Your Quiet Strength, the author Dr. Jen­nifer Kah­n­weiler ex­plains that in­tro­verts get their en­ergy from alone time. This is where they recharge their bat­ter­ies be­fore go­ing out into the world and con­nect­ing with peo­ple. On the other hand, ex­tro­verts de­rive en­ergy from be­ing sur­rounded by peo­ple.

In­tro­verts are gen­er­ally also ex­cel­lent lis­ten­ers, have great con­cen­tra­tion, and think be­fore they speak—which are all im­por­tant qual­i­ties in the work­place or so­cial sit­u­a­tions.

Use it to your ad­van­tage

There are many ben­e­fits to be­ing an in­tro­vert and there are plenty of ways you can make your in­tro­ver­sion work for you. We ask two in­tro­verts, Ju­maiyah Ma­hathir, co-founder of Halal­food­hunt; and Cas­san­dra Chan, a life coach and founder of Ways of Life® Coach­ing, to share five ad­van­tages of be­ing “quiet”.

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