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Why introverts value a mentally rich life

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Not all intellectuals are introverts, but I would wager that all introverts are in fact intellectuals. 

I'll use myself as an example.

If I'm not learning something new, I'm probably bored out of my mind. 

And if a book, TV, or my phone aren't readily accessible -- to consume documentaries and other educational content, of course -- then I have no choice but to depend on my thoughts to pass the time. 

Such thoughts might encompass:

  • How the history or psychology book I'm currently reading might end, or what tome from my bookshelf I'll grab next 
  • How the pandemic might factor into consumer spending patterns going forward
  • How many/which people have lived in my condo since the property was built 
  • Why certain people in my orbit behave the way they do 
Because introverts are at their best when fueled with knowledge, it's no wonder we delve deeply into subjects about which we're passionate -- whether it be architecture, nature, philosophy, or literature. 

On the other hand, when forced into conversations with people who enjoy small talk, it can be like watching our souls and brain cells slowly wither.

Though many of us are unrepentant creatures of routine, if we find that a job or relationship isn't intellectually enriching, we may very well do away with it.

We can't help ourselves. We simply love to be challenged mentally. Whether it's playing chess or learning a new language, learning gives us something to look forward to every day. 

If I have to choose between going to a loud party and staying at home watching Jeopardy!, I'll do the latter.

If I have to pick between a day at a cozy museum or at a packed beach, sign me up for the former. 

If there's one thing no one can take from us, it's knowledge -- thus the reason we as introverts are so protective of and inclined to boost ours. 

Though many introverts tend to be soft-spoken, we arguably have the loudest, richest minds. And it is our prerogative to try and nurture those inquisitive minds as much as possible. 

We may not be everyone's cup of tea, but we're in the minority. If someone wants nothing to do with you because of those introverted tendencies, you can thank them for not wasting any more of your precious time.


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