So many people on the planet are natural born introverts, yet there’s still a ton of misconceptions around them and their behavior.
An introvert is defined as a shy, reticent person, but it’s more accurate to think of them as people who energized by the time that they spend alone, rather than the time they spend socializing with others.
Introverts are often quieter than natural extroverts, but they enjoy social interaction as much as any person does.
There are many amazing qualities that come naturally to introverts- here are some of their most superhuman traits.
Take a look, and maybe you’ll find that you identify as an introvert as well.
One superhuman trait that defines introverts is their ability to focus.
Since they take so much pleasure from being on their own, they naturally find themselves less drawn to distractions when they’re working on a task.
Generally, extroverts require a lot more outside stimulation to be happy, which means that they’re used to frequently connecting with others, and may find themselves unhappy if they’re forced to work on something solo.
Another powerful trait that many introverts share is the fact that they’re self-reliant, and are happiest when they’re relying on only themselves to get tasks done.
Introverts often need to exert a lot more resources when they’re socializing than extroverts do, which means that they’ve become used to being on their own, and fending for themselves.
Many people think introverts are opposed to social interactions- this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Instead, introverts choose to be with others- they don’t require it.
Some studies have shown that introverts have much more grey matter in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, the area that is responsible for our abstract thought and decision-making capabilities.
Extroverts have less grey matter in this region.
This explains why introverts are often so thoughtful- this abundance of grey matter means that they devote more of their time to thinking about all the possibilities and outcomes of the choices that they make.
While it’s not great to spend too much time in deliberation (hello, Hamlet), a thoughtful approach to life is much better than someone who makes decisions without first examining all the possibilities.
Would it surprise you to learn that introverts process interactions with inanimate objects the same way that they process their interactions with other human beings?
It was recently revealed that the brains of extroverts pay more attention to human faces rather than inanimate objects, which could explain why they crave human interaction more than introverts do.
This phenomenon also explains why introverts are often so attentive to small details- their brain is used to picking up little details with the same intensity that most people use to remember faces and other human characteristics.
While it varies wildly person to person, many people believe that introverts tend to be more trustworthy than extroverts.
This is because an introvert’s brain isn’t wired to feel as much pleasure from gambling or risk-taking as an extrovert’s brain is.
In 2005, experts discovered that this stems from the way that introverts and extroverts process dopamine- the reward system in our brain.
Extroverts can tolerate a much higher level of dopamine, while introverts felt their body respond to even the slightest rise in their dopamine levels.
Introverts are much less comfortable with situations where they feel out of control, or in danger in any way, which means that they’re much less likely to lie or deceive someone else.
For the same reasons that introverts are often extremely attentive to small details, they’re also much more sensitive than the average extrovert.
This is because they’re used to processing all stimuli in the same way, regardless of whether it is a fellow human being or an inanimate object.
If you process an animal or a plant in the same way that you process a human face, you’re much more likely to empathize and connect with each situation in a more in-depth way than the average extrovert.
Many introverts are extremely dedicated, committed people simply because their inward focus allows them to stay on task, regardless of the stimulation from outside sources.
They don’t need approval from others and are much more likely to direct their energies on the path that makes them the happiest.
This commitment to their ideals makes them wonderful friends to have in your corner, as well as dedicated, driven leaders.