Introverts sometimes get a very rap for being who they are, especially when it comes to an introverted child. They are always misconstrued as awkward beings who do not know how to talk to people or socialize in general. An introverted child might be quieter than other children, but they are no less smart than them.
There are several myths about kids who are introverts:
- They are nervous
- They don’t like other people
- They don’t want to be social
- They are basically shy people
If you’re an introvert, you are not anti-social, you just react to your environment differently than some kids. You are certainly not shy; in reality, there is a notable difference between introversion and shyness. Shyness manifests when you’re scared of being judged negatively. An introvert is someone who prefers quiet or less stimulating environments—someone who recharges his or her energy by getting plenty of alone time.
Because society often tells us that we can get ahead by coming out of our shells, or being go-getters, introverts can sometimes feel like they are the only ones who want to sit quietly and think. But introversion is actually very common. In fact, it’s thought that up to half of all people are introverts. That means if you have 30 kids in your class, around 15 of them may actually be introverts too! And each one of you has superpowers.
Here are 11 superpowers of the introverted child
1. They have deep friendships.
They may feel overwhelmed or tired at a big, noisy party, but they love spending time and catching up with very close friends. They are very good listeners, making close, even lifelong friendships. This is one of the great rewards of introversion.
2. They are great readers and writers.
Introverts tend to love reading as part of their quiet, alone time. And the more they read, the better they write. Reading gives them inspiration and a better command of the language, which they can show off in their imaginative and well-thought-out writing.
Timed writing assignments may not be their forte because they like to have space to carefully reason out an argument before writing it. But they have the capacity to write stories with detailed descriptions of the characters, surroundings, and the conflicts. They may agree with what Isaac Asimov, a prolific science fiction writer and author of I, Robot once said, “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.”
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3. They are careful and conscientious.
Sure, sometimes risk-taking pays off, but they see the value of looking before they leap. In fact, information takes a long journey through an introvert’s brain than through that of an extrovert. Since they tend to hang back and study new situations before jumping right in, they give themselves the chance to make good choices.
4. They have amazing ideas.
By giving themselves the time to be quiet and listen to themselves think, they end up having lots of interesting ideas that might not have come to them if they spent all their time in a rowdy group. Keep listening to yourself, and keep being thoughtful!
5. They make a great leader.
This one may surprise you, but they have incredible leadership qualities! Introvert leaders project calmness in times of crisis think before they speak, and they ask great questions. These are all hallmarks of an effective leader and doer.
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