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8 Amazing Traits All Introverts Have that They Probably Never Realized

8 Amazing Traits All Introverts Have that They Probably Never Realized

Introverts are people who enjoy solitude and often find themselves in quiet places that aren’t very stimulating. They also enjoy activities that require them to be alone. Introverts find that when they are by themselves they are recharging their energy whereas when they are around highly stimulating environments they are being drained. Now there has been a lot that has been said about introverts, but here are a list of quality traits that all introverts have that should leave them feeling pretty good about themselves. Reading these should help you embrace your inner introvert and harvest these wonderful traits.

1. Introverts are good judges of character

Because introverts keep to themselves, they have more time to observe the people around them and truly see what kind of people they are. Studies have shown that introverts didn’t give high ratings to their extroverted employees, which shows that introverts are more aware of any personality traits in an individual that may seem negative. Therefore, they are good judges of people’s character as they see everyone for who they really are as opposed to who they appear to be.

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2. Introverts are more creative

Studies have shown that because introverts enjoying spending so much time alone, they are able to work on their creative projects more attentively. An introverted person is able to spend time alone and work on their projects which make them more creative overall.

3. Introverts are good decision makers

Studies have shown that introverts enjoy sitting and thinking about things before they take risks. This allows them to weigh out the pros on and cons of something before they take the leap. They have the ability to ‘think before they act’ so to speak and thus have excellent decision making skills.

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4. Introverts enjoy things more

Introverts are able to savour the stimulation of their senses a lot more. Studies have shown that introverts are more sensitive to stimuli. Therefore, they are able to enjoy bites of food and whiffs of roses a lot more.

5. Introverts are independent

Because introverts enjoy working in solitude and often spend time by themselves, they learn to be pretty independent.  Studies have shown that introverts work well when they are by themselves which allows them to become more independent.  They are able to do things by themselves without depending on other people which makes them self-sufficient.

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6. Introverts take life seriously

Hans Eysenck, a German psychologist, stated that an introvert “…takes matters of every day life with proper seriousness…” Therefore introverts are able to be more meticulous with their actions in their life. They do things to make sure their life remains stable, which is a great trait to have.

7. Introverts don’t let their feelings get out of control

Because of their quiet demeanor they are able to keep their feelings under the surface. Eysenck described it as being able to “…keep his feelings under close control.” This is a good trait to have when dealing with personal situations as well as professional ones. Introverts don’t allow their feelings to complicate already complicated situations which makes them good mediators.

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8. Introverts are reliable

Despite the fact that introverts aren’t stimulated by people around them, this doesn’t mean they aren’t reliable people when other people depend on them. All the characteristics of an introvert make them reliable to people around them. They take life seriously, they control their emotions and they make good decisions which make them people that other peoplle can depend on. Eysenck also stated that an introvert “distrusts the impulse of a moment.” This is a trait that makes it easier for other people to rely on introverts. Everyone needs an introvert in their life.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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