Compared to extroverts, introverts analyze situations and thoughts more slowly and in-depth.
In a world that wants us to be extroverted at all costs, not everyone is noisy, sociable, and self-centered. There are also introverted people who, being attentive and sensitive go unnoticed and we rarely try to get to know them in-depth. Depending on personality, each of us processes information differently and through a different process. Introverted people think more slowly and calmly, transmitting information through several filters, while extroverted people have much faster and more linear thoughts and responses. It is also important to remember that this difference may not be as obvious, as many people can use both cognitive strategies depending on the situation.
Yet this diversity still leaves room for value judgments that stop at appearances in both extroverts and introverts. A different rhythm of thinking depends on the time each person feels the need to analyze what is going on and pass it through each filter whether it is emotional or more rational.
Neither method of thinking is better. However, in today’s society, there is a tendency to value a more outgoing person who interacts with others, shares thoughts, and is friendly. However, it is not uncommon to find people with this personality resulting in narcissistic or self-centered behavior.
According to Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, author of “The Introverted Leader”, although there is a tendency to connect leadership with extroverted people, introverted individuals are more likely to be leaders. According to an article published in Forbes magazine, the author states that introverts have five main characteristics that make them excellent leaders:
the ability to think before speaking;
they think deeply, not superficially;
they convey calmness and confidence;
they communicate more in writing;
they prefer solitude when deciding and weighing the pros and cons.
How to recognize introverted people
What are the characteristics that distinguish introverted people? Although these are rather general characteristics, here are some particularities of a silent and introverted individual:
Compared to extroverted people, introverted people think longer, paying close attention to detail. They prefer to listen, think, and then if they feel like it, talk.
They enjoy solitude, although this does not mean that they run away from reality. They often need to clarify things and get to know each other better. It is precisely for this reason that introverts are independent and not inclined to get carried away by other people’s opinions.
Precisely because of their capacity for analysis and reflection, they do not accept superficiality. They avoid mundane conversations and prefer to focus on deeper issues.
Introverted people feel comfortable in small groups and generally, avoid being with several people at the same time. Having difficulty expressing their emotions with anyone, they prefer to spend time with their loved ones.
The silence of introverted people is often not understood or, again, there is the stereotype that links being extroverted to success and efficiency. With this article, we wanted to shed some light, and hopefully, we have succeeded.
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