The Gift Of Introversion“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.”
― Aldous Huxley
Some people have a negative view of introverted people. They view them as aloof, too serious, arrogant, rude, morose, antisocial, or awkward. I am introverted and I think that people who have a negative view about introverts simply misunderstand them.
Introverts prefer time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people. Their energy tends to grow through reflection and dwindle during interaction. If we wince when invited to a large gathering, it’s not because we don’t like other people. Nothing could be further from the truth. Introverts like social interactions in small doses. Introverts know that all of the chattering, conversation, and noise that large groups of people produce, although fine for short periods of time, becomes like a grater on the soul if the time is extended. It’s simply too over-stimulating for us. We’re sensitive to, and begin to feel overwhelmed by, a lot of sensory stimulation. Believe it or not, most introverts need time to recover after extended time spent in groups or gatherings.
Introverts often take pleasure in solitary activities such as reading, writing, and using computers. In contrast, an extroverted person is likely to enjoy and feel energized when they spend time with other people. They usually find less enjoyment in time spent alone. They fail to grasp what the introvert is getting out of all of that solitude. They assume that spending time with others is always welcome, and when they meet an introvert, they think there is something wrong with them. When you consider that approximately 75% of people are extroverted, you begin to understand why the introverted people get a negative view.
“Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Introversion is not a choice or a lifestyle. It's an orientation. We’re not shy, depressed, antisocial, arrogant, aloof, or rude. We’re reflective, thoughtful, inspired, creative people who need a great amount of solitude. Solitude is a crucial ingredient for creativity, which is why I don’t view my introversion as a flaw, but rather as a great gift! I love to write, draw, and express myself through my creativity! My soul sings when I have solitude.