S.E. Hinton writes, “’If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” What I constitute as a good friend —a best friend —is someone who I not only explore the world with, but someone who I can journey inwards with, too —the most difficult trek of all —and more often than not, that person happens to be an introvert for me.
Psych2Go shares with you 5 reasons why introverts make the best friends ever:
1. They’re great listeners.
Introverts are great shoulders to lean on when you’re going through a rough patch in your life. They’re the friends that you not only can have fun with on your good days, but the kind of people you can spill your guts to when you’re at the lowest of your low. That’s what true friendship is about. Finding someone who still cares about you and accepts you even when it gets so incredibly difficult.
2. They’re understanding.
Introverts don’t take things at face value. Being complex people themselves with many layers and rich inner lives, they understand that there’s always more than meets the eye. Which is why instead of jumping to conclusions so quickly and making assumptions about others, they choose to get to know you instead and learn to understand who you are.
3. They’re mature and full of wisdom.
Their tendency towards introspection is what makes them such compelling and wise individuals. This makes them not only natural philosophers, but amazing advice givers. They can analyze the difficult situation you find yourself in and can make sound judgments on potential solutions. They also see things you might have failed to see yourself.
The person I’m dating who is also becoming my best friend always notices and points out details that I miss. There’s just so much that he sees. And I get a scoop of it —both from his photography and within the wisdom that he’s willing to share with me. It makes me feel like the luckiest person in the world when the veil and fog are lifted. For a second, I can see things clearer, too.
4. They offer adventures that stray from your usual social norms.
Forget partying until the wee hours of dawn or hitting the club. When your best friend is an introvert, you can aimlessly go for late night drives or hang out at a mutual favorite spot that’s only shared between the two of you. Introverts offer a unique perspective on the world, and this doesn’t exclude their definition of fun. They can help you appreciate the things that you might have overlooked initially.
5. They’re loyal until the very end.
Introverts are careful about who they choose to associate themselves with. So, when they also consider you a true friend, know that they’ll be there for you through thick and thin. Real friends are hard to come by. And tomorrow isn’t certain. So, I hope you’re cherishing your introverted friend.
Is your best friend an introvert? What is it about them that makes you love them so much? Leave a comment down below!