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The term introvert originates from Latin and roughly translates to the act of turning one’s thoughts inwards in spiritual contemplation.
People who are reserved or shy to be their authentic selves in front of others are also referred to as introverts. They prefer being alone and only open up about themselves to a selected few.
While some might think that being an introvert is a drawback since they don’t like doing a lot of the things that extroverts do, they’re wrong. Like every type of personality, introversion has both pros and cons. And the pros make a really long list.
In this video, we’re going to explore thirteen things that introverts do best. These are the strengths of being an introvert that people miss out on when they judge a person by their social activity.
Listening to others.
Since introverts spend less time talking, they are better able to listen attentively. Most people think they’re listening when they might actually be waiting to reply. Introverts are generally less inclined to share their thoughts and ideas, so they pay more attention to what is being said.
Making animals feel comfortable.
Though introverts tend to avoid an excess of social interaction, they’re excellent at making friends with species other than humans. That’s because they have a heightened sensitivity, which lets them connect better with animals.
Most introverts enjoy spending their time alone doing things they’re passionate about. These can be hobbies that require creative skills. As they devote much of their time and resources to these interests, they tend to be good at it.
An introvert is likely to be far more in touch with themselves than an extrovert. They are more clear about their identity and all the time they spend alone in reflection helps them understand themselves even better.
Spending time with nature.
Most introverts appreciate being close to nature. Their increased sensitivity helps them see beauty in all things natural. The silence of natural landscapes as compared to the hustle-bustle of urban areas attracts them. Consequently, they often choose to retreat to cosy nooks with a natural view.
Processing their emotions.
As they invest a lot of time and careful thought into their behaviour and reactions, introverts are better at regulating their emotions. They are able to identify what they’re feeling and understand where it’s coming from.
Empathising with others.
Their emotional intelligence allows them to pick up on other people’s feelings quicker than the average person. As a result, they can connect well and recognise the needs of the individual in front of them.
Restoring their energy levels.
An introvert will always know when it’s time to get some rest and let yourself rejuvenate. They seem to be well-informed of their bodily and subjective experiences. So, they pick up on internal signals demanding that they recharge themselves.
Saying no when they need to.
Because of this awareness of their personal needs, introverts are able to reject invitations based on what’s good for them. It’s not like they always prefer solitude and isolation. Instead, they can easily tell when they need to mingle or retire alone.
Having meaningful conversations.
Whenever an introvert chooses to interact with others, they’re capable of having deep conversations about a variety of topics. They tend to have a habit of careful thought and reflection, which works excellently in emotional and intellectual exchanges.
Having an internal locus of control.
It’s easier for an introvert to understand how their behaviour impacts situations and people. Their tendency to turn inward helps them find solutions that they actually have control over. This also makes them more accountable for their actions.
As introverts take some time to process external stimuli and their internal reactions to them, they get a chance to carefully choose their response. They tend to think before they speak so they usually mean what they say.
Finally, as introverts are so self-aware and careful of their needs, they’re great at taking care of themselves. Moreover, spending all that time alone gives them ample opportunity to engage in self-care activities.
Now that we’ve covered all the items on our list, were you able to relate to any of the things we said? Do you think there’s anything else that introverts are good at? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
A link for further reading and the studies & references used in the making of this video are mentioned in the description below.
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