Introversion The Superpower
Who Is An Introvert?
An introvert is a person who enjoys spending time by themself. Introverts embrace solitude and thrive in it. Introverts tend to energize themselves from their mind and often suffer from “people exhaustion.” It means that in an environment with a lot of stimulation, such as a party, introverts quickly become overloaded and exhausted. It makes them shut down their thoughts and, eventually, avoid crowded places. Introverts have a very active mind with ideas generated from downloading information and processing it. They think before speaking and prefer one-on-one interaction. Introversion is the personality of introverts. Character is the essential and stable aspects of behavior in a person.
Introverts need to understand things to allow them into their lives. They prefer to write as a form of communication, and this preference should not be mistaken for shyness. There are shy introverts, and shyness is the fear of negative judgment. These two are only associated by the contrary opinion of society. Introverts are often misunderstood as arrogant, unapproachable, and rude as they prefer deep, straight-to-the-point conversation to small talk.
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., found that two neurotransmitters help explain this personality better. Neurotransmitters are like messengers to the brain. Dopamine is linked to immediate pleasure from adrenaline-filled actions. It is also liked to the sympathetic side of the nervous system. Acetylcholine is also linked to pleasure, in a more relaxed and contented way, and the parasympathetic side. It fuels one’s ability to reflect and focus for long periods. This neurotransmitter also increases blood flow and alertness to the frontal brain. Introverts are sensitive to Dopamine and have a short Dopamine receptor. Therefore, they do not need much of it to feel the effects. Reading, concentrating, and thinking triggers Acetylcholine release, and one feels right. Introverts flourish on that.
For a long, while introversion was labeled as ‘maladjusted personality.’ It led to members of the society to “intervene” by making extracurricular activities a requirement in schools. Despite introversion later being classified as pathological, research has shown that introverts still experience stigma from society. Extroversion, outgoingness, is the ideal. The stigma sources range from a parent trying to apologize for your ‘shyness’ to other people or jobs seeking out people with more extracurricular records over academic achievers.
Types of Introverts
There are four types of introverts.
Social introverts are the most commonly known introverts. They prefer isolation to social interaction and, where the need is, small group to larger ones.
Thinking introverts are not as deceptive of social settings as their human counterparts. They, however, are quiet, observant, and self-reflective, even in those surroundings.
The anxious group avoids social groups not mainly because they enjoy their own company, which they do, but because they tend to feel awkward and extremely self-conscious around other people, also known as social anxiety. Their anxiety does not fade away, even when they are alone. They tend to run things over and over again in their heads with all possible scenarios on how things could go wrong.
The reserved introverts are habitually aloof. They tend to do things at a slower pace and think before talking or acting.
Myths About Introverts
- Introverts are assumed to be shy. There are shy introverts, but the same can be said for extroverts. Introversion and shyness are not the same and should not be defined as such.
- Introverts are assumed to be unhappy. The truth is extroverts are happier, whereas their opposites derive happiness from more subtle sources. Introverts’ short dopamine receptors contribute to this.
- They are lazy and unmotivated. Introverts choose to apply most of their energy to the things most important to them. The fact that they do not put as much energy into other activities, or don’t like going out makes other people perceive them as Lazy.
- Don’t make excellent public speakers. It is untrue as introverts prepare very well for talking to an audience. A great example is Susan Cain, a TED talk speaker.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an Introvert
Advantages of Being an Introvert
- Their preference to communicate in writing makes introverts able to express themselves very well and clearly in writing. They are also very insightful, which aides a lot in poetry. Famous introverted writers include JK Rowling and Dr. Seuss.
- These ‘loners’ have very high self-understanding and unapologetic. It is evidenced by the activists Eleanor Roosevelt and Rosa Parks.
- Introverts are notorious thinkers and, as such, are great at generating ideas. Research done by Jerome Kagan shows that introverts tend to have more brain activity, especially when solving problems. Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg identify as introverts. Introverts are keen and therefore prosper academically. Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and Isaac Newton are great examples.
- According to Rainer Maria Rilke, the highest form of love is to be the protector of someone else’s solitude. Introverts understand the need not to waste another person’s time and are very time conscious.
- Their observation and listening skills, coupled with an effective will, would make for very capable leaders, according to Susan Cain in her book, Quiet; The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking. Some famous introverted leaders are Abraham Lincoln and Hillary Clinton.
- Introverts are more likely to have a longer lifespan in comparison to Extroverts since they are more suspicious of things.
- Introverts are calm and can do well in jobs that take place under a lot of pressure.
Disadvantages of Being an Introvert
- Introverts will always have a general difficulty for Extroverts.
- Our culture and institutions are extrovert-centric, encouraging students to be more social.
- People are more drawn to the warm, friendly person who will go out of their way to make them comfortable.
- Teachers love the active participants.
- Companies are choosing extracurriculars over academics. It is an extrovert’s world.
- People are often scared by introverts due to their quiet nature in a group setting. It provides them less opportunity to make friends or network.
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