Updated: Apr 28, 2021
Do you think you are more of the quiet type? Are you wondering what that means — and whether it’s fine to be an introvert? You’re not alone. A lot of people feel the same way and it's quite normal. Don't get too much stressed about it. Introversion is a trait and not any disorder. It is a personality trait characterized by an emphasis on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Introverts and extroverts are often viewed in terms of two extreme contraries, but the truth is that most people lie somewhere in the middle.
While introverts form an estimated 25 to 40 percent of the population, there are still many misconceptions about this personality type. It is important to note that introversion is not the same thing as social anxiety or shyness. If you are an introvert, that does not mean that you are socially anxious or shy. It's just that you know everything but you do nothing. You are a good observant but nobody observes you. It's like you are there, but you are not there.
The society that we live in still favours extroverts more, and many “quiet types” get the message that it’s not acceptable to be an introvert — but that doesn’t make it true. Luckily, those perspectives are gradually changing. But I agree to the fact that being an introvert hampers your day to day activities to a great extent. You know many things not everything, but you want to do it in a perfect way, because you’re intrinsically obsessed about perfectionism. You may do it late, but you do it perfectly. As time furthers itself, you reach the highpoint of your reclusiveness and start loving your personality, though you’re not being observed, you don’t really care about it. You start enjoying your inscrutable personality. The very few friends you have call you sarcastic and sometimes it bothers you, but it’s okay.
You speak less but you remember much. Your mind holds every minor detail. Indeed, it’s a blessing and only few people are accomplished by this. Being an introvert, even loving someone becomes difficult. It is hard to stay in a relationship. Nobody understands your love. Once you broke off from your love, you stop understanding the language of love, you can’t dare to love others and you don’t accept the love of others. If you fail in a relationship, it is like carrying a ton of weight forever. Still nobody knows about it.
But yes, being an introvert is completely fine. It’s a natural part of who you are, it comes with a lot of advantages. Though I agree to the fact that sometimes you’ll get tired if you’re around people too long. But being introvert can be fun, interesting, social, and even outgoing when you want to be. You can also be a profound thinker and a beloved part of any group. It’s OK to be an introvert, and it’s something you can be proud of.
So, be proud of being an introvert. Let’s see why:
1. It’s your biggest personality trait and not a hindrance. It is genetic.
It’s true. Introversion is genetic and it comes naturally. Infants will show signs of being an introvert within a few months of birth. Introversion is considered a normal, healthy temperament — it’s something you can be proud of.
2. The general trend says introverts are creative and profound thinkers.
This goes hand in hand with why so many introverts get ahead — both in the artistic fields and out of them. Introverts tend to think on a deep level, producing ingenious solutions and new ideas that others can’t compete.
This creativity pays off whether you consider yourself an artist or not. In any career, problem-solvers and creative thinkers tend to get ahead, and can even transform the way a company or industry works. Yeah, that sounds pretty OK.
3. Your relationships are quite deeper.
Extroverts may have umpteen friends in their circle. They have a tendency to strike up a friendship with nearly everyone they encounter. It’s easy to envy that — but many of those relationships aren’t actually that deep. In fact, extroverts tend to have wide networks of hundreds of people they scarcely know, while introverts tend to have much closer relationships with a smaller number of people.
That can be beneficial. When you form close, long-term relationships, you tend to be encircled by people you can truly rely on. And, since you take the time to get to know those people on a deep level, you will be capable of truly profound, mutually enriching conversations — not just temporary talk.
4. Many of the famous personalities were introverts.
Because introverts focus and think cautiously about how to do things, they’re often more gifted — they’re high achievers. And that shows in how many successful and famous introverts we’ve had in the history.
Examples of famous introverts include J.K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Barack Obama, Albert Einstein, Leonardo De Caprio, and even Mahatma Gandhi.
5. You are highly imaginative.
Not every introvert would consider themselves to have an “imagination” in the traditional sense. But all introverts have the power to go intensely deep into an inner world of ideas. For some, that might mean plotting out an entire dream world for their next painting. For others, it may mean envisioning and planning every step of a project.
Either way, it gives introverts the power to envision things without trying them in the real world, and to draw on that vision to do big things.