How to Make the Most Out of Being a PhD Introvert

There are two types of people – introverts and extroverts.

According to different beliefs, being an extrovert is better as you’re open and easy-going which means establishing contacts with ease.


Most PhD students are introverts.

What shall you do in order to succeed while being an introvert?

Let’s find it out!

Little girl is shy, will be a successful PhD introvert

In fact, around 26-50% of the population are introverts, and being a scientist is one of the best jobs for introverts, according to their strengths and abilities.

Thus, a lot of PhD students are introverts, and there is nothing bad as it’s easy to make the most out of it.

To begin with, it’s important to understand whether you’re an introvert.

Pay attention to the list below in order to identify whether the following statements have something in common with you.

5 Key features of PhD introverts

  • The act of solitude. If you know people who avoid your company, they might be introverts as they pay attention to their solitude. It’s in theirs nature to think better while being on their own.
  • The desire to work alone. While most people believe it’s better to delegate tasks and work in a team, introverts would prefer to rely on themselves when it comes to doing an important duties. The reason is that they don’t want other people to be in charge of their comfort.
  • An expert at one field. Introverts are interested in various fields, but every of them can be an expert at one particular niche as they want to hone their skills.
  • Think before saying. We often hear the proverb: «A word spoken is past recalling.» As for introverts, they don’t like to talk much until they are sure in their words. Thus, give them some time before pushing them to comment on something.
  • Close with few people. One of the best treasures in the world is having friends. While extroverts establish contacts with different people easily, introverts are picky about people they get closed with. Thus, most of them have few friends, but it’s not bad as their connection is strong and meaningful.

If you have noticed at least some of the above-mentioned signs, it might be a proof that you’re a PhD introvert.

The bottom line? Don’t be to blame for being an introvert as it can help you become a successful PhD student.

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Why being a PhD introvert is benefitial?

Your PhD matters, right?

Even if you’re hesitating whether you should quit PhD or stay, we all know that it’s important to achieve set goals, so you’d better boost inspiration and keep on working.

Being a PhD introvert, don’t think about your weaknesses (we know that you can find a long list of them on the web); it’s better to turn them into strengths.

If you’re not sure that being an introvert is beneficial for PhD students, read the following statements:

#1. Staying Focused on Writing a PhD Dissertation

Writing a PhD dissertation takes a considerable amount of time and efforts.

It also requires expertise to organize your thoughts, write something valuable and new, and be useful. Thus, most people don’t even start working on it: they are afraid of failure.

As for a PhD introvert, the story is another. Although it’s believed that introverts don’t like to talk much, they talk a lot on topic they are interested in.

Maybe you can speak on your topic all day long. Maybe it seems you’re ready to write a dissertation.

Anyhow, you must be ready for the ugly truth: there are many distractions around you that will prevent you from achieving your goal.

#2. Having Creative Attitude Toward Different Things

It goes without saying that introverts are individuals, and their creative thinking is more development, so it’s easier to be original.

If you’re interested why ‘shy’ introverts can be more creative, the truth is on the surface: multitasking reduces creativity, and introverts are concentrated on doing one thing. Thus, introverts use their time alone with benefit, and it’s highly important for PhD introvert students.

Once you have lost a motivation to work on your dissertation, creative thinking might help to continue working, and it’s a benefit which introverts have.

#3. Establishing Good and Long-Term Contacts

While people believe that introverts escape social communication, they value people. If you’re a PhD introvert, you won’t make efforts to establish contacts or build relations with everyone; you will be focused on good and long-term contacts only.

In fact, it can help your PhD career as if you have reliable people to ask for feedback, you can achieve success.

However, having good contacts doesn’t guarantee happiness as you can be in touch just with few people, so you should know ways to fix PhD loneliness without a doubt.

#4. Being Persistent

Fighting against distractions is hard, and you need to be persistent to keep on studying when people around you are having fun. However, introverts can make the most out of their character – they are persistent and can focus on doing the same thing for a long time. It means you can deal with a plan faster.

What is more, knowing mental conditioning helps to maintain a level of confidence which affects your perseverance. And the more persistent you are, the more you can achieve.

Anne Frank was also an introvert

Wrapping it Up

Believe it or not, most scientists are introverts, and you can make the most out of it to achieve career growth and success. Knowing your strengths, you focus on them in order to use, and it brings benefits.

It might seem that being a PhD introvert gives you nothing but difficulty in winning friends. However, you can achieve your goal, and finally obtain a PhD degree if you work hard on it, and being a PhD introvert might be your actionable way out.

If you’re a scientist or working on obtaining PhD degree, you can boost inspiration from the above-mentioned tips for introverts.

About Lale Byquist

Lale Byquist is a media communications student who wants to obtain a PhD degree. She runs website that is aimed at helping people overcome the fear of public speaking. Follow Lale on Twitter or drop her a line at [email protected]