Hello, my name is Jan. I’m an Introvert. I'll start by saying that I dislike labels. Introverts, Extroverts, we’re all people and when you get slapped with a label, it creates a false impression. We’ve automatically become something we’re not to people who don’t know us.
The trait of introversion became a central theme of human personality theories, popularized by Carl Jung when he explored extraversion and introversion. People widely misunderstand what the two personality traits actually mean but a common characteristic of an introvert is the way they recharge.
They do this through their alone time.
In a relentlessly connected world, it can seem that finding privacy is a lost art. We’re driven to be social animals so having a desire for solitude leads to more mistaken notions. Craving privacy can be seen at best, as being eccentric and at worst, as being anti-social.
Growing research suggests that having alone time is healthy and has many physical and psychological benefits. Those who enjoy focused solitude have been shown to experience cognitive benefits including heightened creativity and concentration. Some studies have even suggested that alone time may result in lower rates of adolescent depression.
Just as regular exercise and healthy eating make our minds and bodies more finely tuned, psychologist say that taking time out to be alone can offer the same benefits.
The problem with that is we’re rarely in isolation and our careers demand that we’re “out there.” Even extroverts get worn out by socializing and it’s often more draining when you’re an introvert.
Six Benefits of Spending Time By Yourself
You Can Have a Brain Reboot: When your body is overworked, you feel drained. You need to recover. It’s the same thing with your brain. A rebooted brain clears your mind and refocuses your clarity of thinking.
Your Creativity Can Flourish: Your distinctive creativity can emerge when you are removed from the overpowering influences of others.
It’s a Good Time to Practice Meditation: There’s a reason whysuccessful leaders meditate. A 2012 study on meditation published by the American Psychological Association concluded that meditation had relatively strong effects in reducing anxiety, negative emotions, and trait anxiety while aiding learning, memory and self-realization.
You Are Your Only Competition: When you are alone you can take time to emerge in activities that you enjoy with no pressure as to how that stacks up to another person. You are free to experience as much as you want or as little as you want - with no pressure to accommodate other people’s opinions.
It’s A Great Way to Reflect: It’s been said that you do not learn by past experiences but you learn by reflecting on those experience. Reflection is a great way to tackle any challenges that you might be facing. The cluttered mind needs solitude to process and untangle your problems in order to point you to resolution.
You Improve Your Relationships: Absence apparently does make the heart grow fonder.According to psychologist Sherrie Bourg Carter, you may grow to appreciate your relationships to a greater degree after you’ve spent time away from them.
Do you enjoy spending time on your own? What do you like to do most by yourself?
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Johnston Osburn is a Career and Life Coach who helps people turn dreams into realities. After years as a Global Talent Acquisition Professional, she realized how frequently people limit themselves because they lack belief in their abilities. They are afraid to dream, let alone dream big. [...]