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Conversation with a Young Introvert – Part 2

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
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In part one of this article http://myinspiredlife.com.au/conversation-with-a-young-introvert-part-1/ I spoke about a conversation I had with a young volunteer at work. We talked about what it’s like to be an introvert and he opened up to me about some of the challenges he faces.

During this conversation, though, we also discussed some of the good things about being an introvert.

For those of you who are also challenged by introversion, here are some of those good things.

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Being an introvert usually means we’re good at:

- Learning.
Introverts tend to be avid readers or net-surfers. We absorb information and retain it more easily.

- Perception.
Introverts read people pretty well. We notice subtleties, body-language and moods.

- Independence.
As introverts, we become quite self-sufficient. We usually prefer to work things out for ourselves than to ask for help.

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- Leadership.
Because we tend to be ‘quiet achievers’, we have a more subtle way of leading others. We tend to take the role of a mentor and guide, drawing out the best in others. This can also make us good parents.

- Friendship.
We make good, caring friends. We are good at listening, deliberating and considering all sides. While our circle of friends remains small, we are loyal and supportive of each other.

- Appreciation.
Introverts, because of our quiet and deliberate approach, tend to be more observant. We appreciate things like sunsets, animals, birdsong, cute bugs and other small gifts from Mother Nature.

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- Creativity.
Introverts are usually creative. We appreciate art, music and poetry, which often leads us to being good artists, musicians or writers. We are imaginative and good at crafts.

Of course, these qualities are not exclusive to introverts but they are more commonly found in those on that end of the scale.

So if you’re an introvert and face daily challenges in a world of extroverts, think about all the positive characteristics that you have than many of those extroverts are missing out on!

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