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The Power Of An Introvert

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The Power Of An Introvert

The Power of an Introvert


Parties could lull me to sleep. Socializing is like pulling teeth. 

I love staying home curled up in a corner, reading a book, or watching a movie. 

Quiet one-on-one conversations are more interesting and fun.

Does that sound like you?

Well, you're not alone.

Hello! I'm an introvert too. 

Introverts uncomfortable with people
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Society taught me that I was weird, boring, and even a snob. It was confusing especially during the phase when I wanted to blend in.

Late have I realized that I'm an introvert and there's nothing wrong with me.

I'm normal. In fact, more than normal.

Because there's a power in being an introvert.


Inside the brain of an introvert

What's the role of Dopamine? 

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that communicates with brain cells and encourages them to act in a pleasurable, excitable, euphoric way. 

Introverts are people who are over-sensitive to Dopamine.  

Too much external stimulation overdoses and exhausts them.  

While extroverts can't get enough Dopamine. 

Introverts: alone and comfortable
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Extroverts are the gregarious life of the party.

While introverts become more alive in solitude.  

Introverts avoid people
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Wall Street lawyer and introvert Susan Cain said:

Introversion is more about how you react to a stimulus. It is often mistaken for shyness which is the fear of social judgment but they are different. 

The problem with our society is that schools and workplaces are designed for extroverts. 

You're forced to work with a group on tasks that you can and would rather work on alone.  

Introverts in school
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Introverts make better leaders

Psychologist Adam Grant said...

Introverts make better leaders. Because they deliver better outcomes by letting their members run with their ideas. Unlike extroverts who tend to get too excited with their ideas.

The great leaders Gandhi and Eleanor Roosevelt led not because they wanted to, but because they were driven to do what they believed was right. (Susan Cain)

Susan Cain on TED Talks


Introverts are more at peace

They say you can find true wisdom and peace in solitude and silence. 

God spoke to Moses when He was alone. 

God spoke to Elijah in the calmness. 

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake, came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, came a gentle whisper. -1 King 19: 11-12
 
It may not appear that introverts are having a great time because they're mostly just quiet. But don't you envy that calmness and peace?

Introverts love cancelling plans
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Psychological theorist Carl Jung said extroversion and introversion are typically viewed as a single continuum. 

No one is a pure introvert or a pure extrovert. He compared the two processes to the heartbeat. There is a rhythmic alternation between the cycle of contraction (introversion), and the cycle of expansion (extroversion). 
 
However, each individual tends to favor one or the other attitude and operates more often in terms of the favored attitude.

Introverts see the world in terms of how it affects them. Extroverts are more concerned with their impact on the world.
 
Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, you've got a special gift that only you can offer.

But never underestimate those who are quiet and those who prefer to be alone. Introverts got power too. They're a force to be reckoned with.


Tatsuya Ishida

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  1. i am still trying to figure out what it is

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  2. As an introvert, I enjoyed this post very much! Like you, there was time when I tried to go out to socialize but it was not really for me. Now I'm comfortable the way I am :-) The cartoon is so funny :-)

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  3. I have become one along the years and I am having my own fun as an introvert. Enough of socialising, I am enjoying my own company.

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  4. This is a very comforting read!

    I think that most people got the concept of being an introvert wrong. Schools are not an exemption. In my primary class, extroverts were rewarded for having the "social skills", while introverts were persistently encouraged to get along. For quite sometime, I thought that something was wrong about me. It negatively affected the way I thought and felt about myself.

    Introverts are unique, and yes we are powerful!

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