Introverts are gaining a lot of attention and examination in the last decade. Carl Jung identified the unique psychological and physical traits that distinguish this particular persona.
They have amazingly high empathetic and strong intellectual processes that make them a treasure of sorts in this modern age of apathy, disconnection and ignorance. Like all people, they have difficulty at times, and just like everyone else they use their unique gifts and strengths to learn and get back up.
Having Amazing and Deep Conversations
Small talk is not a friend to the introvert. It has no purpose but to pass time and verify that the participants are a type of human. They excel at genuine and real conversations. Intelligent, empathetic, and understanding, introverts will readily explore relevant or interesting topics Their unique charisma makes it so people often have no trouble opening up, often unexpectedly confiding more than they may have originally intended.
Readily Bonding With Any Animal
Something about the introverts body language and presence attracts all sorts of wildlife. They might be able to calm down a distressed animal where others can’t. Introverts have a tendency of preferring the company of animals over most humans. They feel the dialogue is simpler and has no lies or hidden agendas. Introverts are masters of communication, so it makes sense that they can intuitively bond and interact positively with animal life.
Finding Answers and Resources Within Themselves
Naturally very intelligent and self reliant, introverts have great dialogue with themselves. They will confer with themselves, mulling over a problem or concept before asking others for help or insight. The extensive periods of time they spend in their heads pays off in terms of ease of self reflection and realization. They have come to understand the infinite potential that they carry deep inside themselves.
Understanding Their Limits Socially
The way introverts process external stimuli makes them prone to over stimulation and sensory fatigue. Over time they learn how to pace themselves, so they can lengthen the time they are social.
Taking the Time to Actually Rest Up
From the weekend’s work breaks, to vacations and time that others use to party, socialize and engage in any number of activities, introverts will use their time to actually rest. Their heightened perceptions make a more prominent distinction between rest and low energy activities. They need time to build up energy and patience stores, and let their bodies and minds recover. There are a large number of people who could definitely benefit from adopting an introvert’s method of time and resource management.
Excusing Themselves from Parties
They know their limits and will do what is best for them. Even a seemingly tame and low energy event can quickly drain an introvert’s energy and patience. Don’t try to force them to stay, their fatigue will make them irritable and not the most fun to be around. On a more compassionate level, if your friend isn’t having fun, why would you make them stay?
Tapping Into Their Creative Side
Many introverts express a talent or affinity for creative or artistic pursuits. Not all introverts are modern Picasso’s though. Their inherent creativity may reveal itself in unique perspectives or innovative problem solving. No matter the form of creative expression, most introverts excel at redefining standards, showcasing unheard of possibilities, and implementing new methodologies on old concepts.
Thinking Before Acting
The neurological pathways of introverts are longer than other personality types. Information is carried through more parts of their brain. This helps them commit more to memory and uses more analytic parts of their minds, they take more time to process. They may seem slower in comparison to other personality types and more efficient.
Being Highly Empathetic and Considerate
While social situations can be stressful and tiring for introverts, they have naturally occurring gifts that make them very competent at genuine communication and a strong understanding of other’s situations. You can do everything you can think of to hide your feelings or thoughts from them but they are likely to see through it.
Actively Listening and Genuinely Engaging
Actively participating and truly comprehending someone as they speak is a skill that most have to work at and practice. Introverts are usually inclined to be adept at making who they are listening to feel comforted by simply projecting a compassionate air. If you need a shoulder to cry on, a sincere sanity check, or just an honest conversation, introverts will almost always be a safe bet. If you bring them a problem you are struggling with, you can bet that they will help you look at it from every possible angle. They will walk with you through the confusion, helping you reason the facts, and weighing the options.
Any person that doesn’t know or strive to understand themselves will have consistent difficulty in life. The potential for over stimulation, the effects of highly developed sense of empathy and perceived incompetence in social situations are a few of the specific obstacles facing introverts. Introverts have a tendency to feel like they have to ‘catch up’ to the perceived competence of their peers. The most effective way to do this is through understanding and nurturing themselves. No to say that all introverts are self-realized gurus; rather the specific obstacles they face have a tendency of greatly strengthening the dialogue between themselves.
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