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Egg ShellRahul, being brilliantly amused at my friends’ use of the Myers-Briggs system, found this wonderful article on LifeHack.org discussing the top ten advantages to being an introvert. From Introvert Advantage, a site dedicated to the book “The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World”, here they are:

The Top Ten Advantages Introverts Possess

10) Work Well With Others, Especially In One-to-One Relationships
9) Maintain Long-Term Friendships
8) Flexible
7) Independent
6) Strong Ability To Concentrate
5) Self-Reflective
4) Responsible
3) Creative, Out-of-the-Box thinking
2) Analytical Skills That Integrate Complexity
1) Studious and Smart

And to follow up, here are the misconceptions:

The Top Ten Misconceptions About Introverts

10) Party Poopers
9) Unfriendly
8) Nerds
7) Lacking Social Skills
6) Won’t Talk
5) Don’t Like People
4) Withdrawn
3) Loner
2) Shy
1) Hermit

As an INFP, I can appreciate these lists.

5 Comments

  1. Weirdos.

    All of you.

    Not just the INFPs, either.

    • Katharina
    • Posted October 5, 2005 at 5:46 pm
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    That´s SO cool!!! I really like the lists too:-) well I´m defenetly an INFP and realize that in my everyday life. I hope the best friend of my girlfriend (I love the english language and the way of calling friends/girl / boyfriend:- ) ) will never ever read this. BUT she is SO extrovertive and it makes life exspecially hers and my life when we are together so difficult. I ask myself everytime why and how it can be my girlsfriend best friend because my girlfriend is if you ask me also and INFP at least for sure an I and F…
    I need to find out more about that stuff again! Here in Germany it is not very common in public…

    Send you all a big hug!

    :-)

    • Superdood
    • Posted October 27, 2005 at 7:42 am
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    Hmm………..interesting post………… Basically I would have to agree with the 10 misconceptions…….. I certainly feel that way towards extreme introverts…….I was formerly an introvert, now turned extrovert. I enjoy the entrovert life more……..though I get very easily bored these days when I’m alone……..I guess there are many advantages to being an introvert

  2. Your point about changing intrigues me. College forced me to become much more extroverted, so by the end, I found that doing work by myself was much harder since I didn’t have constant stimulation. That’s changed with my new job where I work from home, but I remember wishing 2 years ago that I could just focus by myself again. So, I too enjoy being an introvert, but I like your typo: entrovert. Somewhere caught in the middle.

    • Carlos
    • Posted February 12, 2006 at 6:46 pm
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    I think the best way to live is being independent and that starts from introvert…introverts going extroverts are even beter for their sum of advantages and most important of all is “not depending on other people”…oh darn it, I just like independence!!! I’m an “entrovert” too :-]


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