Introversion is not a character flaw or a pathology; it’s an incredibly valuable capacity that fuels creativity, productivity, and develops the ability to think independently and enjoy solitude. We should embrace the quiet power of introverts says Ari Kawahito
The world we live in is often defined by who you know and what you do. This can be frustrating for introverts, who understand and embrace the quiet life that exists outside of parties, networking events and meeting new people.
Introverts are often viewed in a negative light in general as people think they tend to avoid the spotlight and live their life completely behind closed doors. Introverts who choose to communicate through the written word are often seen as geeky, unemotional, or socially awkward. This notion can create pressure for those with introverted nature, especially when they are trying to find work or get into their dream university.
The power of introverts is rarely celebrated and their intelligence or creativity is often forgotten. But what if we changed how our society saw introverts? What if we recognized that these quiet, reflective people aren’t all that different from extroverts? And what if we could get rid of some of the stereotypes and understandings about introversion so many of us have picked up from TV shows, movies and other popular culture?
Embrace the introvert in you.
Introverts can often face societal challenges when it comes to their authentic self. Many times, they feel as though their quiet, socially uncomfortable nature will draw negative attention and make them the topic of ridicule. Whether you are a born introvert or you have fallen into the trap of thinking you are an introvert, this resource will help you know that your strength is not something to be feared. It is something to celebrate and embrace.
A massive, growing trend is the idea that introverts can be seen positively in our current society, and even nurtured as they are encouraged to do what they do more often: introspect. But how can we support these precious souls through the sometimes overwhelming process of self-actualization?
In today’s society, being an introvert can be seen as a negative side effect. While this perception of introversion has changed throughout history, it’s still prevalent today and affects the lives of many introverts. We live in a world where it is perceived that only extroverts are worthy of being leaders – when nothing could be further from the truth. Introverts are just as capable as extroverts to lead; they just need a different approach to make it possible for them to do so successfully.
What makes introverts special?
Introverts are also leaders. We are critical thinkers and listen before we speak, we are there for others in need, and sometimes our empathy can get overlooked. But for those who know us, these traits are what make us so special.
Growing up as that kid who blends in the background, I was not aware of the quiet power of introverts. Hence, I felt the need to be seen and to be among the crowd. Because of this, I devoted the majority of my high school years to working in my community, participating in activities, and supporting our local church. I yearned to make a difference. My intentions and actions were good, but looking back, I can see that they were primarily motivated by the pressure that society put on me. This can be discouraging for introverts who are quickly drained by such environments.
We shouldn’t get caught up in what we don’t have when it comes to making an impact. Instead, we ought to figure out what unique gifts we can bring to the world. Remember what John Wooden said: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”
We, introverts, have the ability to impact the world in a quiet way. I have always believed that if you want to make an impact, you need to accomplish something significant only to realise There are a number of ways we may improve the world, and they don’t always require giving our time to charity.
Therefore, as you begin to connect with your own strengths and weaknesses, you will be better able to support others on their paths.
Introversion is not a character flaw or a pathology; it’s an incredibly valuable capacity that fuels creativity, productivity, and develops the ability to think independently and enjoy solitude. Let me be clear: This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get out there and make “meaningful” connections with others—it just means you should understand your strengths as an introvert, as well as avoid some of the traps that can cause problems in this environment.
Introverts can be seen positively in this society if we unleash their unique abilities. We need to believe in the sensitive, intelligent humans that live within us all and should all love and respect the quiet power of introverts.
Ari is a half-Filipino/Japanese environmental activist, mental health advocate, and a Philippine Red Cross Youth (PRCY) volunteer. She is currently taking her undergrad course (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) and classifies herself as an introverted individual. Ari would like to break the stereotypes and limitations set by society for introverts and loves expressing herself through writing and arts. She believes that little things can make a big difference.