The introverted personality elicits different opinions from different people owing to their reclusive lifestyle. What are the strengths and weaknesses of introverts?
While introverts are perfectly comfortable in their solitary lives, there are some limitations facing them just as they draw a measure of strength from their personality type.
There is no personality type that does not have strengths and weaknesses, it depends though on how the individual manages them to their advantage.
We are going to examine the possible weaknesses and strengths of introverts and how they affect their lives.
Strengths of introverts
Introverts are powerful and active in their solitude. They are completely contented and happy being by themselves without external support on the emotional level.
Here are some of the strengths of introverts:
They have deep empathy
Introverts absorb more from their environment than they express. They observe and lean in on their environment including people, animals, and nature through empathy.
The introverted personality considers animals, trees, and their fellow humans while they push their own agendas.
They pick up the slightest clue around them and use those to hone their understanding and subsequently, their behaviour towards the same.
This is a major strengths of introverts because it makes them custodians of their environment and sometimes, the heroes of others as they are vigilant for the general good.
However, before one notices this from an introvert, one must come close enough and pay attention to them.
Introverted people have the ability to look inside and draw the most relevant conclusion. They see what others miss, drawing people’s attention to what is thought not to be there.
Being insightful is a major strength of introverts which stems from their ability to introspect and not being biased or moved by emotions.
They have a complete understanding of situations before taking action. This is demonstrated by their delay in taking decisions in matters most times.
Introverts think laterally to make sure they get all the nuances so they don’t make mistakes.
Introverts are self-motivated
Self-motivation is another strength of the introverted personality and this comes from his conviction in whatever the task is.
They do not require as much propping as extroverts to be productive in their tasks. Just give the introvert instructions on what to do and give him space and freedom to execute.
This trait in their personality is a major reason why they are easier to manage in the workplace, school, or wherever they have the capacity to serve.
Subtle leadership and quiet power
Subtle leadership or quiet power is a soft but strong leadership style that lifts subjects up towards a particular goal.
Subtle leaders might not be the most conspicuous persons in the room, but they are very well respected by their team.
Because introverts don’t draw attention to themselves, they lead subtly when they find themselves in leadership positions.
While the rough, loud kind of leadership where yelling and harshness are the orders of the day might work, it’s not the most effective way to lead.
Introverts being good at empathy, know how their behaviours affect their subjects and so know the best behaviour to put forward to up performance in their subjects.
Articulate & thoughtful in expression
Introverted persons are eloquent and articulate speakers and this hinges on drawing strength from being thoughtful.
They have mastery in the way they use language for persuasion without being forceful.
Introverts speak with purpose and intention and this is why their words are weighty and effective.
They are known for applying wisdom by thinking through situations and having pure insight into them.
Communicate better through writing
Introverts are good at translating their thoughts into writing. This is a powerful strength they possess and make use of.
They try their possible best to avoid face to face meeting with strangers in majority of circumstances. This doesn’t mean they are shy or scared of strangers.
It just saps their energy to meet random people who might be interested in only small talk.
Introverted people prefer to write and they are good writers because this is how they pour out their hearts.
It is easier for them to interact from a distance as it gives them the freedom to weigh the situations, taking their time at their own pace to know how to respond.
Intention to please
Introverts can’t help pleasing people. This trait comes from the deep of their hearts of empathy.
Though they detest being around people, they have a genuine interest in people at heart when they get the chance.
This explains why they are dependable, loyal, and likable to people they come in contact with.
Weaknesses of introverts
Just as there are two sides to every situation in life, introverts are not exempted from having both sides.
The weaknesses of introverts stem from their inability to socialize or the stress that comes with inevitable socializing.
Here are the weaknesses of introverts:
Seen as weird and mysterious
Because introverts keep to themselves and seldom associate with people, they are always seen as either weird, proud, or have something to hide.
They are labeled aloof, snobbish, and selfish. These are, however, people who have not taken the time to study introverts.
But who would even have the time to study another in the quest to know if they are snobs or just a quirk of personality?
In all, the introvert is seen as a shady character that should be avoided.
Deep in their hearts, they desire approval from people
Though not all, introverts clandestinely seek approval from people to feel important. Majority of them want to be reckoned with, but their personality stands in the way.
This makes some of them become ‘people pleasers’ and sacrifice their strength on the anvil of validation by others.
They crave for extroverts to recognize their input or at least help them be noticed by some eyes, but they are engrossed in their own predicaments that they seldom notice the hidden desires of the introverts.
Introverts are very sensitive
Highly introverted people are very sensitive. They pick up people’s emotions, feelings and thoughts about them because they anticipate them.
They constantly play in their thoughts, people’s opinion about them and this makes them bitter and unhappy, it doesn’t matter if it’s just a figment of their imagination.
Being sensitive is not a bad thing, but sometimes it is used for the wrong reasons like believing that people are having negative opinion about you, and if you don’t control your emotions, you put up behaviours that reflect these thoughts towards those people.
Introverted people are easily interrupted by external noise and stimuli when they need serious concentration.
It could be frustrating when they are being distracted by trivial conversations, phone calls or whatever it is that breaks their deep thoughts.
Breaking this beautiful solitary pleasure can make them lose interest in a once interesting idea or inspiration and that might be forever.
Their unassertiveness can be a weakness
Introverts find it difficult to enforce their opinions or even that of others, especially when they don’t have much to gain.
But when the need is pressing, they can go all the way to assert themselves. The keyword is ‘importance’.
This might be a weakness because it makes them look selfish and aloof on matters that can benefit others.
Also, they casually walk away from things that might stress them, even though, it might be important to an extent. This is because they don’t like hurting people or step on toes.
Averse to attention and center of attraction
Demanding immediate result from an introvert puts them in a bad situation especially in the midst of others.
When you need an introvert to come up with brilliant suggestion on an issue, give them request ahead of time and allow them to blow your mind with brilliant suggestions.
They don’t like having unfamiliar probing eyes on them for whatever reasons.
This is a major setback for the introvert, though it might not be obvious, but it could blanket their shine.
Introverts can be aloof on several situations and people would struggle to interact or know them.
However, they don’t mean to be like this especially in social scenes. They hardly make the first moves, they rather you meet them while they see what they can do, and this is not pride.
They just need more time to warm up to the environment and the unfamiliarity. You might be surprise they are as active as the extrovert when they are charged and comfortable enough.
They are bypassed on party invitations
Introverts are easily forgotten or left out during invitations to events because they don’t make strong impressions on people easily.
This might not be a weakness on the surface, but it could be when it is an event that would encourage important connections with people of importance.
I was ignored severally when in university when inviting people to seminars because they thought I wouldn’t honour the event because of my quiet personality.
As disrespectful as it felt, I never held it against them, after all, I might have ended up preferring my comfort zone lol.
Because they don’t like to stand out and become the centre of attention as described above, they are easily overlooked even when they should shine brighter.
They prefer to blend with the crowd because of their humility than attract eyeballs to themselves by being in the spotlight.
In an event, introverts are the least people to make impression on the minds of others.
Introverts find it difficult to network with people
This is the greatest weakness of introverts. They struggle to network with people and this takes a toll on their careers or business.
Some businesses require that one network and meet like minds to build connections and increase opportunities.
Introverts find this awkward even though they can improve. However, older introverts overcome this with experience and if they are the need-driven type.
Some introverts struggle with romance
Though they might have many nights of romantic fantasy with the opposite sex, they find it difficult to start romantic relationships.
A male introvert finds it difficult to approach girls of their choice for romance. They do well when the girls make the move.
Or better still, when things click naturally by working together as this prepares the ground naturally for romance to sprout.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of introverts? Many introverts and people who are interested in knowing about the introverts ask this question time and again.
Just like every other things in life, introverts have their strengths and weaknesses. Some focus on their strengths and maximize their benefits while some are weighed down by their weaknesses.
These traits outlined above would help introverts identify their strengths and weaknesses to know how to approach them while focusing their energy on what works.
Strengths And Weaknesses Of Being An Introverts
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