The Quiet Power of Introversion Part 2

For part one of this article click HERE.

Even for people who don’t have any personal experience of the troubles being an introvert can bring in today’s society, the bias must be obvious. People who are louder, pushier and naturally more outgoing are favoured. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are more qualified for anything. Here is certified proof that being an introvert is a superpower.

1. One of the best things about being an introvert is living inside your mind.

The fact that introverts have such an internalised way of dealing with things means that they have a rich and bountiful imagination, and things like creative writing are not as hard for them. Also, as introverts are thinking, they reach back into long-term memory to locate information. An introvert will often compare old and new experiences when making a decision, which slows the processing down but leads to carefully thought-out decisions. This means that introverts have an active internal conversation with themselves and usually walk around with many thoughts in their minds.

2. Another good thing about being an introvert is they have brilliant leadership skills.

When you think of a leader, you usually think of a loud, assertive person who has no problem putting people in their place. However, lots of the top CEOs in the world today (including Marissa Mayer, Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates) are actually introverts. Introverts are more likely to give their employees space to be creative and lead by example. In our own way, we can motivate people to do their best.

3. Introverts’ brains aren’t as strongly wired to feel pleasure when gambling and taking risks as extroverts are.

Therefore, introverts feel less excitement from surprise or risk. The brain’s reward and pleasure system are activated by dopamine neurotransmitters. Scientists found that extroverts’ brains responded with more pleasure to positive gambling results. As well as saving you a lot of money, this leads to more thought-out and calculated decisions.

In today’s society being calm and quiet can be seen as a negative thing to carry through life. However, it can give you lots of good qualities that can lead to a rich and fulfilling lifestyle. Things like making informed decisions and waiting in queues come easily to introverts, and even things like not having to spend money to have fun are handy when you grow up. It’s not all a bed of roses, but I can say with conviction that introverts are pretty awesome.

My message for today is simple. If you’re an extrovert, keep being you! If you’re an introvert though, don’t feel like you have to conform to what you think people expect of you or want you to be. One of the best things about being an introvert is living inside your mind – having that space to recharge after a busy day. However, make sure to share the talents and special skills that you can bring to the world.

I will leave you with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi. It is:

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world”