Five Reasons Why Introverts Are Awesome & Should NOT Be Underestimated


Hi, friends! Like many of you dear readers in the world, I am an introvert. Like many others, I enjoy spending time reading novels, plotting the latest pen escapade, or just fuming a brainstorming session. It's not that I possess an animosity towards interacting with individuals-- I love collaborating with others, especially in projects out of the outside world to get out and explore the world outside of my house-- but after all of my time interacting, I need some time to recharge. Currently, my recharging station is in a in a makeshift blanket fort as I relax a week before the final quarter of my high school career comes to a close and so many events get thrown in the last nine to ten weeks-- senior fun day, prom, and graduation-- inducing a sense of vertigo. It’s comforting to be in a community which understands this need of seeking rest, but from those foreign with the quiet nature of interaction, basking in silence seems like an anomaly.

Due to this, we can be dismissed with a lack of confidence or are overshadowed by our extroverted counterparts, and we shouldn’t have to deal with a clumped negative generalization and perception. There are many different kinds of introverts, as you will later see! However, there are five qualities present which I think many people take for granted are are common in many introverts. Here is why we shouldn’t be underestimated.

Whether it comes to being adept at taking in details and extracting the main solution, taking command from someone else, or just listening for chances to plot world domination and procuring evil laughs, introverts are GREAT at listening. I know people who hear the most random facts and later revel in them months later when supposedly everyone else forgot! Even those who bask in their heads how world domination would be like tend to have the sharpest ears, listening for any opportunity for them to strike and plot. For me, personally, I tend to listen to other people to act as an emotional stronghold, and when I chat with people one-on-one, many remark on how my full attention is pulled at them, with my legs pointed towards them and not dozing off. It’s not that introverts aren’t capable of speaking eloquently or standing up for our own thoughts, because we certainly can and do have strong thoughts, but it’s more that we want to hear others speak first, which leads to the second point.

The reason why introverts do not talk right away when partaking in discussion is because they want to think through other answers. They want to be able to absorb their surroundings and listen to the noise, building up on their thoughts and drawing their own conclusions before speaking. This can be an advantage or an obstruction, depending on how one sees it, but when introverts respond, a lot of their answers are thoughtful with a lot of time and effort crafted into them. Introverts are not known to waste words, either. They chose the words they want to use in order to convey their message in the best, effective way. If they’re going to talk, they are doing so because they finally have enough to enter into the discussion knowing what direction they wish to go. Silence can also be a catalyst for thinking and hearing one’s own thoughts, too-- silence is never taken for granted.

Introverts typically have a smaller acquaintance circle, but have an even smaller circle reserved for close friends and families. Many can be friendly and don’t mind chatting with people, but trying to keep up with everyone is an exhausting task and for those who are able to have enough energy to do this, I applaud you. Instead, introverts interact with people by having more deeper conversations-- not deeper in the sense of, "Let us discuss philosophical thoughts about life's preponderances." As much as I love those conversations, even I would be intimidated by someone who wants me to discuss thoughts of identity and self-actualization the moment after they introduce themselves. Instead, deeper in pushing past layers of small talk, of actually greeting hello on a daily basis and just talking about random things. Even we have a smaller circle of friends, it’s still very meaningful. That’s the thing with introverts, too: want to become friends with one? Just keep talking to us and genuinely listen. We appreciate it and quite honestly? We can be some of the most loyal people you know.


If one is daring enough to go explore it. Oh, another introvert waving through a window… I wonder what could be going on inside of their heads? One answer could be “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers, but no, Scottish music is not in every introvert’s head 24/7. It may come as no surprise that introverts have some of the richest minds in thinking and creativity because of their time alone. Again, introverts bask in solitude and silence, and from this, their mind meanders from idea to idea. Sometimes these ideas are implemented on a grand scale while others are pertain to a smaller audience. Just think: on the outside, it may seem like nothing much is going on, but the inside will turn any assumptions of emptiness into a one-eighty. Introverts are imaging an alternative world to pondering about assembling a rube goldberg machine in a manner of nine weeks.


An introvert’s time alone allows us to again, take the time to recharge. During this period, we’re constantly checking in with everything-- our thoughts, emotions, tiredness levels, and the like-- to make sure we are okay, and when we know one of these categories is suffering, we try to give ourselves time to rest and take care of ourselves. The keyword is “try,” because like everyone, we can work hard and push ourselves to the end of our limits but knowing how exhausted we are going to feel. Sometimes, the way we interact with everyone and everything changes, but don’t worry, because the change is temporary. Don’t take offense if we snap at you or don’t wave back. As long as we have time to recuperate, we will be okay.

Introverts, what are some other strengths do think we have? Extroverts, let us know some of your strengths! 

25 comments:

  1. YES YES AND YES!!!

    As a fellow introvert, I agree with this wholeheartedly :)

    Catherine
    catherinesrebellingmuse.blogspot.com

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    1. Yay!!! I’m so glad, Catherine. :D

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  2. Heck yeah, introverts unite!

    But seriously, wonderful post, m'dear. We introverts are so much more than just "shy".

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    1. Introverts unite for sure! *high fives* *probably misses because we’re that awkward xD*

      Believe me, I already have a follow up post coming up in the summer... introverts should not just be disregarded as “shy.”

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  3. Ok I agree so hard Abby. I am not fully an introvert but I can relate to this whole post. It's tough because there's an extrovert side of me that most know but not everyone realizes that I get so attuned and invested into things and need a lot of recharge time. It can be a bit tough for me socially because people are like "Are you ok?" just because I'm feeling more introverted and quiet that day when I just need space and time alone. Also I find myself forcing myself to laugh or wave back or respond when I'm not invested at all and am not feeling it just because people met me as an extrovert.

    Incredible post, you obviously put a lot of work into it and each point was honestly so well formed. I could keep rambling on with all the things you said :) <333

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    1. Also I don't know if I've said this yet but HOLY GUACAMOLE YOUR NEW BLOG DESIGN IS GORGEOUS xxx

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    2. Hi, Anna!!! Honestly, yay extroverts too because I feel like the introvert community can sometimes throw extroverts under the bus when there’s also good parts to them too and they shouldn’t be put up in a stereotypical way??? Also, about people seeing me as an extrovert and being shocked over needing some quiet time— SAME. I’m more extroverted outside of school (mostly because I’m not tied down by stress) so that exhaustion to just waving hello to others who’ve seen us in a more energized state... it’s pretty rough.

      And YAY YAY YAY thank you so much!!! Now, if only my blog design scheme would look like guacamole... I’m now quite curious. xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  4. Love all my fellow introverts <3

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    1. Petition to start an introvert tea club over books and good vinyl? Please??? Or a club that’s called “Introverts Who Look Like Extroverts But Are In Reality Introverts Extroverted In Their Happy Places?”

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  5. As an ex introvert, I second and love everything in this post. <333

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    1. Ooh, an ex-introvert? You must tell me more, Gray!!! :P

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  6. It's always nice to see how the strengths of introverts are praised online. It's what made me find out so much about myself during my teenage years.

    Listening is definitely one of my biggest strengths (as for talking... it's definitely the opposite *sigh*).

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    1. I think the strengths of introverts are often celebrated on the digital sphere because there’s just so many of us on here that, for once, we do seem extroverted in rejoicing in an environment just filled with people who understand.

      I’m the same with talking... although once you get my started about something or if I’m chatting with friends, I talk pretty fast and loud to the point of getting into trouble sometimes, whoops!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  7. Amazing, beautiful post as always, Abby! I love this topic and all the points you've made, and I relate SO much. I'm an introvert on steroids, haha ;) I don't think I have an extrovert bone in my body. So yeah - I truly relate to everything you've said.

    Introverts unite!!! <333

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    1. Extrovert bones would be hard to find... it’s so much easier to find extroverted bones in an introverted place and then just meeting someone who has the same interests because seriously, introverts + someone with similar interests = BECOME THE LOUDEST PEOPLE IN THE ROOM. xD

      Introverts unite!!! *grabs saber in a Three Musketeers fashion*

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. I absolutely love this post. <333 Introverts are definitely more than just shy. Thanks for the boost of confidence!

    anna | annaish

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    1. We should definitely be perceived as more than just shy more frequently!!! <3 <3 <3 Of course, Anna!!!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  9. True. I can be loud with friends but when it comes down to it I'm a pretty awesome introvert ;)

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    1. Oh my gosh Natalie I hate you so much xD Literally it’s you, Aloisa, Savannah, and I who are the loudest and I sometimes can’t believe Jon and Kelsey don’t scowl at us for being??? Too??? Loud??? But you’re an awesome introvert for sure. :D

      xoxo Abby (and YES I go by my full first name signing off because there are like ten other Abbys and it’s hard to distinguish us all apart xD).

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  10. Ahh I loved this post! I'm an extrovert, but I definitely have soo many introverted qualities. I'm not the loudest one in the room (usually...really depends :), and I need recharge time. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PERFECT BALANCE.

    This was a great post idea, Abby!

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    1. It really depends for me too if I'm the loudest person in the room-- sometimes I get yelled out for being extremely loud in a quiet environment. BALANCE IS SO HARD BUT IT IS KEY!!! xD

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  11. Yes.... this post is extremely accurate! As an INFJ, I'm very introverted, and I wish I could make everyone who says that I "never talk" (among other introvert qualities) read this post. Great job! xx

    emily // a purpose and a promise

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    1. Yay! For sure, this post is a good start for those who merely dismiss introverts as those who "never talk." The accusation really needs to stop. Thank you, Emily dear!

      xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  12. TWO THINGS:

    - I am so in love with your design, I could marvel at it for the rest of my life and be completely content.

    - I wholeheartedly agree with ALL OF THESE. <3 Especially the last one! I feel like introverts are very aware of their mental and emotional state. As a person who never knows how she feels, I often find other ways to describe these feelings/relate them to metaphorical meanings. So, I guess I am sorta aware... but sometimes I can't find the words for it.

    I FLIPPING LOVED THIS POST. <3 Thank you for it!

    xx Kenzie

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  13. Ahhhh yes!!! As an extrovert, the introverts in my life are so so important! Sometimes I subconsciously undermine introverts, simply because they don't seem to have as much to say or whatever, but you all are so, SO important. It's awesome.

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