5 introvert superpowers

quiet introvertLiving as an introvert in an extroverted society creates a lot of difficult challenges. I keep hoping that increased understanding about the true nature of introversion and extroversion will help balance out society’s views, but we shall see. Today I wanted to focus on some of the awesome traits that introverts have. You might even call them superpowers. As always, these are based on my own experiences and may not be something all introverts relate to 🙂

1. Mastery of real, genuine conversation.

We have incredible listening skills, honed through our years growing up. We listen attentively and show the other person we’re engaged in what they’re saying. We ask appropriate questions, nod encouragingly, and know how to use eye contact and body language. We can gauge people’s reactions to our words and can adjust our approach accordingly. We also crave and enjoy deep conversation. As a result, we know how to contribute to an engaging conversation while giving others the chance to share their views.

2. Ability to be alone without being lonely.

I know a lot of people who are extremely uncomfortable being alone, even for short periods of time. An introvert on the other hand, while they enjoy socialization in small doses, has no problem being by themselves. In fact, alone time is the way we get our energy back. This is such a huge strength and means we’re probably a lot more comfortable with ourselves than others might be with themselves. We can still experience loneliness, everyone needs people, but we don’t view alone time as a negative thing.

3. Incredible observational powers.

We take everything in. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve mentioned things I’ve seen and the person with me hadn’t even noticed. We observe people, their mannerisms, emotions, reactions, and get a picture of who they really are. One of my friends was surprised by how much I knew about them, simply by paying attention. Since everything we see gets analyzed and recorded, it helps us to understand others better and aids in our relationships.

4. Ability to create meaningful connections.

Introverts are often able to see past the exterior ‘mask’ that a person puts up. We have a greater understanding of who they really are and we care for others in a deep way. If you’re my friend, you’re a hugely important part of my life and I will do everything in my power to understand and support you. We not only relate to how others feel, we feel it too. We understand that no one is perfect and we accept others despite their idiosyncrasies.

5. Rock-solid inner strength.

Being introverted isn’t easy. From a young age, we’re told how we don’t fit into society’s mold. We’ve come up with coping strategies: ways to get our quiet time when we need it and strategies for doing hard things. As an introvert in an extroverted world, we’ve adapted ourselves to fit. Things like public speaking and introducing yourself to strangers forces us to push past our comfort zones. And that makes us strong.

What are some other introvert super powers?

Image credit: “31/52” by lauren rushing is licensed under CC by 2.0

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39 thoughts on “5 introvert superpowers

  1. Léa says:

    I really enjoyed this Ally, However, I’m wondering if some if not all of our ‘superpowers’ are not built in. I grew up mostly in silence. Yet I was frequently sought out to lend an ear from an early age. The only sound around the house was ‘the mother’ and her screaming. Fortunately, I was on my own much of the time. It is a good thing I had my ‘superpowers’! They served me well and led me to my career as a therapist. Listening is a verb and many people think they do but could not tell you what you said. As an introvert, you know this. Superpowers do come in handy once again to save the day!

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    • Ally says:

      You make a great point. A lot of these talents are definitely things that are developed. For me, people always interested me and I always wanted to learn more about their stories. That’s one reason I became such a good listener I think 🙂

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  2. thecoffeebeanbrain says:

    Great post and I am reblogging as part of my collection on introverts. It just feels liberating to know I am a normal human being, and just after reading your post, with superpowers! My weekend is glad to have found your post.

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  3. INFJoe says:

    Hi Ally! I think introverts also have the ability to focus and concentrate well, because we prefer to direct our attention/energy inward. That is, until we trail off into daydreaming, but that’s where we come up with our best creative ideas. Another “super power”! Thank you for this post. Love it. Hope you are well.

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    • Ally says:

      That’s a great one too! Introverts definitely have the ability to hone in on whatever it is that interests us, often leading to creative accomplishments. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

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  4. Salvageable says:

    Nicely stated. I can agree with superpowers 2 through 5, but I am sadly lacking superpower 1. I can teach and lecture, I can discuss deep topics one-on-one, but small-talk and three-way conversations are outside my skill set. J.

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    • Ally says:

      I completely understand. While I’m capable of engaging in small talk and within small groups, I don’t enjoy it. One-on-one seems more personal and engaging. Teaching is an amazing skill to have and one that is useful in all aspects of life 🙂

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  5. Joanna Lynn says:

    I wrote this to you earlier today but I replied to myself (wow, I shock myself sometimes). After you’ve made a couple comments of your personality type, I decided to retake the test since I couldn’t remember the last two of my results. I am an INFP (this test also had an A/P but I’m not sure what it brings to the party. But they said I was a mediator. The description was scary how much it fit me. One of the things the description that followed my tests results said that we listen to many but talk to a few. We take in so much information but don’t feel the need to share everything we’ve learned. We take it in and discern it all, sharing with a few others the wisdom in what we’ve learned.

    This was a great piece of writing. Being an introvert that didn’t fit in has been a looming blanket of insecurity through much of my life. I am only starting to hear so, so much about the wonderful benefits of being an introvert.

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    • Ally says:

      Thank you so much for your comment! I had a really similar experience the first time I took the Meyers-Briggs test. The results were so accurate it was scary. It was as if someone had peeked into my mind. I suspect that self-acceptance will be a life-long journey, but just knowing there isn’t anything wrong with me has already lifted a huge weight off my shoulders. I’m just a normal introvert 🙂

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      • Joanna Lynn says:

        Yeah. With the added points this test added it was eerie. It even got down to the point of feeling isolated in some groups of people. It says my group is only 2% of the population so I feel a little setup for some rough times in life. It’ll be good to know the reason why in going forward in life.

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  6. Moumita says:

    This is a nice post. Introverts also face a lot of criticism,sometimes in public, even from their loved ones.They are misunderstood as an arrogant person , but still introverts go a long way if they decide to achieve something.

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