Introversion is a Blessing

9 Sep

disguise1I had a conversation with a coach yesterday who was seemed shocked to learn that I believe that introversion is a blessing. Here are just a few reasons why I believe that our personality type is a blessing…perhaps in disguise.

Extroverts act quickly, while introverts use their introspection before acting.

Extroverts crave attention, while introverts are content with themselves.

Extroverts speak quickly, while introverts think before they speak.

Extroverts get energy from others, while introverts get energy from themselves.

Extroverts value breadth of experience, while introverts value depth of experience.

Extroverts think out loud, while introverts solve things in their head.

Extroverts are “social” with everyone, while introverts are “social” with small groups of their choosing.

So what do you think? Is introversion a “curse” or is it a “blessing”? Why?

161 Responses to “Introversion is a Blessing”

  1. Connie Ervin 14. Nov, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    I am an introvert and I love it. Yes, it is difficult for others to understand that I like to go out to eat alone. No, I don’t feel like people are staring at me. If they are, that’s their problem. I go to the movies alone, as well. I also do these things with other people on occasion. I don’t feel the need for outside stimulus on a constant basis. You are right, extroverts don’t understand us and some feel that an introvert is so different as to be threatening. Tough! I don’t need to attention 24/7 to feel worthwhile. I am very sensitive and I am able read people pretty well. I focus so well that when I concentrate I may not hear you speaking to me. In short, I have some pretty useful qualities. I am a happy introvert!

  2. leanne 03. Dec, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    y’know, i bounce back and fourth between loving it and hating it. i love it because i feel i’m less impulsive, materialistic, etc. than the people that surround me (mostly extroverts) but i hate it because people DO think i’m weird. unless they understand that i work best in small groups and i’m uncomfortable with being in big groups. it’s completely opposite of most 20 year olds, so i am seen as ‘weird’.

  3. Alex 10. Jan, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Glad to read your blog! It goes to show us introverts have all kinds of great personalities :)

    I feel being an introvert is a blessing. As I grow more to the fact that I’m just another way of expressing the human condition I can’t help but enjoy the things that make me ‘different’, and I find that others end up appreciating the thoughtfulness and quiet graciousness that comes with the territory. That doesn’t discount the occasional jitters from being in overstimulating environments or getting caught up in the desire to be part of the ruckus, but I think it’s just natural when most of one’s friends and acquaintances are extraverted.
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  4. Christa 19. Jan, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    I am recently learning to just love being an introvert! For years I told I was too quiet or not quick enough or whatever insult an extraverted person could come up with, so I tried but failed miserably at being an extravert, its just not in me! I was very uncomfortable for many years.
    So I am embracing the introvert. I am married to an extravert and he has a hard time understanding but is coming around.
    I think most people think its weird to have a woman who is so introverted but I am happy with myself so I really don’t care anymore!

  5. Tishia Lee 24. Jan, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    I don’t think it’s a curse. Well at least right now I don’t think it is. LOL There are times that people don’t get me and my introvert ways (I do have some extrovert tendencies too). A lot of my friends are extroverts and very social with big groups of people where as I’m more comfortable with a smaller group of people and sometimes they don’t get that. For the most part I love being an introvert.

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