5 Ways to Use Being an Introvert to Your Advantage

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Being an introvert often has negative connotations and with society telling us that extroverts are the ones who are successful and get the most out of life, it can be hard to overcome the stigma attached to being an introvert. Whatever your introvert traits, you can make the most of them and use them to your advantage in your career, relationships and life.

1. Introverts are aware of their thought process.

Introverts are more likely to spend time considering problems, rather than going ahead with the first solution that comes to mind, which is advantageous in many situations. Thinking problems through thoroughly can be used to your advantage as you may come up with solutions that others never even considered. Similarly, being self-reflective is a common trait in introverts and this may help you in many walks of life because you are more likely to know when you’ve made a mistake and can reflect on the lessons learnt.

2. Time alone to recharge means getting things done.

Often, introverts need time alone to recharge after being around people for any amount of time. This can be used to your advantage by taking this time to not only take care of yourself mentally and reflect on your day, but it can also be used to get stuff done. Sure, extroverts may be able to network until the early hours of the morning and still be able to function, but you’ve completed your whole to-do list in the time you spent alone, with nobody bothering you!

3. People may be more likely to listen to you.

Some extroverts love to talk. The voice you hear first before anyone else’s that seems to go on for hours is usually an extrovert and eventually, people will tune out and stop listening. As an introvert, you may enjoy observing rather than being heard, which means when you do have something to say, people will be more likely to listen to you.

4. Being on the quieter side gives you an air of mystery.

Sure, we all love that tells-it-as-it-is what-you-see-is-what-you-get person, but giving off a mysterious vibe can be attractive in a world full of loud, out-there extroverts. Employers may be looking for the quieter, more mysterious applicants who can give a great deal of thought to each project, and not giving everything away can be used to your advantage.

5. You know who you are.

Constantly being around the personalities of others can sometimes lead to us losing our own and not know who we are. Introverts spend a great deal of time getting to know themselves and reflecting on their thoughts and feelings. Spending time on your own not only makes you more independent and self-reliant, but it helps you discover who you are and what you enjoy.

Being an introvert has many positive traits and should be used to your advantage at every opportunity. Let your introvert flag fly!

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Christina

I'm a psychology student with a passion for books, good food and movies. I can often be found reading self-help articles snuggled up in bed with a cup of coffee or writing about anything and everything in a quiet cafe somewhere.




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5 Comments

  1. Jamie Fielding March 13, 2015 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Great post here really helps get an understanding of who you are and turning into a positive and not a negative. This kind of stuff really helps with depression and other mental health issues

  2. Devora March 14, 2015 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I’m an introvert-HSP. I never thought before about what this article says. This is a more positive way to consider how people react to me. I’ve never understood why everyone in a room will turn toward me and stare until I sit down or speak. I was concerned I just looked too different. Maybe it’s because they expect me to say something illuminating. No matter the expectation, it is disconcerting for every room full of people to do this only when I enter. So, maybe I’m mysterious…or something…

  3. Otto Bhan March 16, 2015 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Nice gift-post Christina. I say gift because it gives meanings and positive intentions/benefits perspective for what some think of as a lack-in-kind of social normal mask.
    When younger, I couldn’t understand or explain why I sometimes felt oppressed and situational discomfort at parties, even when the entire crowd were good trusted friends. I’d sometimes slip out the door without a goodbye, to be free of the clamor for constant attention from so many friends. It seemed utterly taxing and generally superficial in tone and depth of relationship to a larger life, to me.

    The Meyers-Briggs survey profile revealed my personality as an Ambivert, equally weighted Introvert and Extrovert aspects.

    Through several re-taking the M-B survey, years apart, I’m still Ambivert. My experience suggests we can move our tolerance for what I’ll call ‘the other’ pole along a continuum between the extreme poles of Introvert/Extrovert and find equilibrium with a happy medium. The way I think of it is visualizing a pendulum’s swinging motion, from one side or pole, to the other. Over time, my own I/E pendulum has settled down to a happy medium arc of pleasing benefits from both sides as it swings under my control. I get to choose how much time and attention are needed and worthy of my goals, on each side of the equation. The result is, for me, usefully flexible and socially acceptable/balanced for my desired outcomes.

  4. Nick Harding March 24, 2015 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Again, well written, Christina – I like your style. Like Otto here, I am also regarded as an Ambivert. I have, apparently (unconsciously), been using some of these aspects of introversion that you discuss in this article to my benefit. It’s very interesting to see it described this way…

  5. mad sad April 18, 2015 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    Great post here

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