NOT A CROWD PERSON?
Are you an introvert like me? The idea of going to a party right now is somewhat horrifying to me. But hiking in the mountains with my dog sounds really appealing. If you feel the same way, chances are you’re introverted. And that’s not a bad thing, even though we live in a pretty extroverted world. According to most studies, extroverts make up between 50 percent and 80 percent of the world’s population. But that doesn’t mean they’re having all the fun. Here is my list of the 10 best things about being an introvert.
- Since introverts talk less than extroverts, they’re much less likely to say something stupid. Introverts tend to think before they speak, so they have fewer things to regret.
- Introverts tend to be more interesting conversationalists. Granted, extroverts talk more, but they often have nothing to say. Get an introvert to talk and you’ll be thoroughly entertained.
- Introverts can be better pet owners. Since they socialize less than their extroverted counterparts, introverts typically spend more time at home with Fluffy or out walking Fido.
- The average introverted person reads more and has a richer intellectual life than extroverts. Perhaps this helps explain the genius behind the introverted Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Bill Gates.
- Introverts don’t have to sell anything because they’re miserable salespeople. Would you be more likely to buy something from the introverted Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or the uber-extroverted Oprah Winfrey? I’m betting on Oprah. So introverts don’t have to keep track of dreary sales figures or manage whiny customers.
- President Barack Obama is an introvert. So are Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame, and the multi-zillionaire Warren Buffet. So introverts are in good company.
- Introverts tend to be pretty good with new technology. Even though introverts bomb job interviews, once they’re hired at tech companies, they are top-notch performers.
- Since noise and overstimulation can drive introverts crazy, they make good neighbors. You’re not going to find noise pollution coming from an introvert’s house.
- When you ask an introvert “How are you?” you’re not going to get a 45-minute rundown of his allergies or divorce or horrible job. Introverts prefer to keep their private lives private.
- On the contrary, introverts make great listeners. Have a problem? Tell an introvert. Need advice? Ask an introvert.
If you’re an extrovert, take no offense. Even though I’m not one, I’m sure you’ve got a lot of good things going for you. I just don’t know what they are. Maybe you should make a list.