Updated: May 24
If you notice a co-worker sitting quietly in a corner during a meeting, do you think it’s because they might not be interested in what is going on, or do you think maybe they are soaking in all the information that is being presented and quietly reflecting? If you thought the latter, then you have recognized one of the profound values of extremely sensitive introverts.
We live in a culture that bombards us with noise and images. Individuals who are comfortable at a faster pace seem more confident and are often rewarded for just being able to hold themselves together without getting flustered. While people who are ultra-conscious of their surroundings and get overwhelmed easily are sometimes pointed out in a negative context.
It’s not uncommon for introverted men and women to get overlooked and misunderstood. But the world IS starting to take notice and pay more attention to its quieter citizens. After all, 20 to 30 percent of the population is comprised of highly sensitive people (HSPs), also referred to as introverts.
Perhaps you feel like you might be an introvert, or you are married to one, work with one, or have friends that are introverted. Highly sensitive people may differ from most of society, but their differences bring value and balance to our broader existence.
Here are some traits associated with HSPs and introverts that help make the world a better place:
· They easily turn their attention inward, allowing them to develop deeper thoughts and find clarity in abstract concepts.
· They process external stimulation in a richer, fuller way, usually finding fresh ways to look at things.
· They value meaningful conversations over meaningless small talk, making them excellent partners to those who understand their nature.
· They are keenly aware of other people’s emotions, driving them toward empathy and kindhearted treatment of others.
· They naturally want to consider another person’s perspectives, preparing them for jobs that require good communication and leadership.
Introverts are also good listeners, intuitive, creative, cautious, inclusive, considerate, focused, enjoy solitary activities, and are easy to be around.
So, by viewing sensitive individuals in an impartial light, we can recognize sensitivity as an asset, not a hindrance, and welcome these people and all the beautiful gifts they bring to the table.