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Usually someone who keeps to themselves and does not like being the center of attention.
But is that true of all introverts? For the most part, yes.
However, a true introvert has the power to become whatever is needed at the time. If the need be, they can jump right out that shy skin and step up to do what needs to be said or done.
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Granted, it’s not an easy task as it requires tons of energy, in which later, said introvert needs to go and recharge but it can be done. But we’ll get to that.
The Introvert Label
While I do not like labels and what they represent, in this case, I don’t mind being called an introvert. It took me years and years to understand who and what this means and I wear this label proudly. As it turns out, I have fantastic powers that many don’t seem to possess.
What are these fantastic powers that you speak of Alicia? Well, I’ll be happy to share them with you.
But first, a little background on the scientific definition of the beautiful word, introvert. Merriam-Webster defines an introvert of being someone who is “a reserved or shy person who enjoys spending time alone.” And this is absolutely true.
It is basically when a person turns inward to themselves more than being open to the world.
Ah, but, you see, that is one the fantastic powers too!
That precious alone time is where we can recharge, gather our thoughts, and figure out how next best to attack a particular situation.
Now, I’ll be flat-out honest with you. Being out in public drains me. I often dread going out and being around people at all. It physically exhausts me.
That may sound strange to you (unless you too, are an introvert) but it really and truly causes me physical fatigue.
In addition, I am not one who thinks quickly on my feet. I can’t throw out those punch lines at the drop of a hat like some people. So often, people think I’m stupid because it literally takes my brain 10 times longer to process things.
It’s incredibly hard for an introvert to give a simple answer. So, when it comes to those quick-witted snap backs at another person, it happens only every now and then. But when we do and you get a glimpse of the person inside, you will never be the same.
Just another amazing power of being an introvert.
Made With Purpose
As stated before, it took me awhile to accept the fact that I was an introvert and a rare one at that. After taking countless personality tests, I discovered that I was an INFJ, which is one of the rarest types of introverts out there. “The INFJ personality type can be quirky, complicated, and sometimes downright contradictory.”
For years I struggled with who I was and why I was more out-going like other people but once I got older, I realized God made me who I am on purpose. It is through the qualities of my introvertness that I am able to bless others and help them see who they are.
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As an introverted child, you feel alone most of the time and you never quite fit in anywhere.
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You long to be around people but they just don’t get you. You struggle to make friends but find it ridiculously hard. You think on a different level in a different way and it doesn’t make you better or worse than anyone, just different.
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So after years of struggling and seeking, I gave up and gave in to who I was created to be. God in His imminent awesomeness has made all of us unique and special and being able to embrace that can change your life forever.
Which led me to this post about the powers of an being an introvert. While the stigma surrounding people like myself is true, there is a lot that others don’t get to see. I am funny, super funny and you don’t get to see that from my outer shell.
It’s a power reserved for those who are closest to me.
The introvert is usually considered highly intelligent. This is probably due to all the time they spend by themselves, usually reading or watching documentaries and this quite often makes them one of the smartest people in the room. A curse or a blessing? Hard to say.
Further, introverts not only have a strong sense of self, they typically have strong sense of discernment. There’s something very special about always being able to see right through other people. It’s an innate gift and I almost always know when someone is fake or lying.
Thus, making this a fantastic introverted power. Just because we don’t often speak up doesn’t mean we don’t know exactly who you are and what you’re all about. We can see and pick up on clues that many don’t see.
An introverted person such as myself also has the power of a listening ear. We make great, loyal friends with a huge empathetic heart often being able to provide others with advice or perspective.
By the same token, one of the most fantastic powers of being an introvert is the ability to engage in deep thought-provoking conversation at a moment’s notice. Personally, I’m not a fan of small-talk. I like to get to the point and the more in-depth, the better.
True introverts think and feel on an extremely deep level which makes them exceptional conversationalists.
My Favorite Power
But perhaps, my favorite introverted power is the ability to be self-sustaining. I do not need someone to be there constantly, in fact, I need lots of alone time. I am able to keep myself busy without the assistance of others. Most introverts are self-starters and self-learners.
The perks of being an introvert are many and if you’ve faced the struggles as I have in trying to be more outgoing and getting people to like you. Forget it. You are who you are and your powers are fantastic.
You have been created in the image of The Creator and are exactly who you need to be. Quit trying to be someone else, it won’t work anyway.
Grow and live in your shyness, take a chance every now and then but fully embrace the power of being an introvert.
About the Author
Alicia is a wife, mom and follower of Jesus who loves to help others reach their full potential. She is dedicated to helping moms and wives grow in Christ while learning to bless their families form the inside out. To find more inspiration, visit her blog at Live Joyfully Inspired.
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