Introverts, by definition, are people who get energy by spending time alone. They thrive on big ideas and developing meaningful relationships with people. By contrast, an extrovert is someone that enjoys being around people, and as a result usually has larger friend groups.
According to the book The Introvert Advantage, about 25% of the population is introverted. So while introverts are the minority, they do offer valuable lessons when it comes to forming friendships.
More Meaningful Relationships
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Introverts tend to have fewer friendships than extroverts, but they make the most of the ones they have. Instead of a large group of people, introverts surround themselves with individuals they can connect with on an intellectual and emotional level. The lesson we can all learn here is to take our time getting to know someone new. Ask meaningful questions
that will give you insight into a person's life and character.
Become a Better Listener
Introverts prefer to let other people talk because they take longer to formulate their thoughts. This gives your friend a chance to speak fully and be heard by you. Introverts generally will not cut someone off in conversation, so use that as a guide on how to listen to your friends. Instead of thinking of a time where you experienced the same thing as your friend, ask them to go into more detail with their own story. You might be surprised with what you find out.
Think Before You Speak
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Since introverts take more time to formulate their thoughts, they tend to speak less in a big group setting. This strategy can help you make more meaningful comments towards others. It can also help with the occasional slip of the tongue, or when you inadvertently say something that offends your friend
Spend Some Time By Yourself
If you're the type of person that needs to be with people all the time, you may find that some quiet solitude occasionally can recharge your batteries in a whole new way. Things like reading, painting, yoga, and other solitary pursuits can help you make new conversations with your friends when you see them later on. They can also give you a different outlook and renewed confidence, all of which can help your friendships.
More One-On-One Activities
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Introverts tend to enjoy activities that are smaller in size, with more one-on-one interaction. To apply this to your own life, change up the things you do with your friends to include more smaller group outings. This is especially important if you have a big gang of people you usually hang out with. See what type of relationship you can build with someone when you spend some time alone with them. Your conversations and activities may bring about a different side to your personality.