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12 ways introverts excel in everyday life

Introverts aren’t known for broadcasting their strengths, and all too often, they’re overlooked for that very reason.

Before jumping to conclusions, consider the benefits they bring to everyday situations. If you are an introvert, take a few minutes to appreciate your talents and capitalize on them, rather than trying to fit a circle into a square hole.

1. Just because we’re not talking doesn’t mean we’re not engaged.

We like to listen and observe more than anything else, so that usually means we are acutely aware of our environment. Because of this, we are almost always in tune with our surroundings, regardless of how little we interact with them. As a result, we can also synthesize the information that we are constantly taking in, making connections that extroverts may otherwise miss.

2. We don’t like small talk because we prefer deeper conversations.

I can speak from experience on this one – I’m just not good at small talk. It’s forced, flat, and often more painful than anything else. I prefer to say something when there is something important to say. But sometimes, small talk cannot be avoided. As a result, I’ve learned over the years that asking questions to steer the conversation to a deeper level. This direction can help unleash a more emotional connection and lead to some really great conversations.

Full story at Lifehack.

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  • PW

    Why is it that you either have to select a) Want to read story, b) Next, c) or in this case you have to go to an entirely new site just to read the story. I wouldn’t have clicked on the story if I didn’t want to read it. It waste too much and the reader is put out by having to keep clicking just read a story…….. So, I will not click “for full story”, I’ll just click close and forget it…………..
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  • Robert Roquemore

    I think it goes without saying that since extroverts usually get attention because that is what motivates them, introverts thrive on solitude. If history is any indicator, Edison spent most of his life inventing all alone in his lab, and Einstein could have been considered slightly autistic. If introverts tend to excel in quietness, of course they will largely unnoticed, but they also catch far more details and get the bigger picture most of the time. At some point, today’s companies and institutes will recognize that in order to get things done, those choosing people for projects and positions will have to learn to appreciate introversion, even if it is different than what they prefer in extroverts. Until this happens, the world will go on rewarding extroversion, and ignoring introversion.