It is important to differentiate between having an antisocial personality and antisocial personality disorder. According to Psychology Today, an antisocial person is someone who enjoys being alone.
''Antisocial behavior is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists.''
An antisocial personality disorder is characterized by bad behavior, treating others badly, and breaking the rules without remorse. This post is referring to having an antisocial personality, not having antisocial personality disorder.
Why an antisocial personality is not a bad thing
Studies have shown that highly intelligent people feel less satisfied in life when they spend too much time around others. And that people of average intelligence are part of a majority population. Therefore it would be easier to communicate with people who have similar IQ's. Basically, the higher your IQ, the harder it is to find relationships that are easy and enjoyable.
That's not to say that social people are not intelligent. They just find it easier to communicate with others. Communication can be difficult and tedious for highly intelligent people. Others do not easily understand them, and they are not easily understood by others.
Antisocial personalities prefer to spend time on self-reflection and self-development. This is not a bad thing.
5 Proven advantages of having an antisocial personality
1. Improved focus
Being around others can be a relaxing experience for some. But for the voluntary loner, it can cause severe mental fog.
A Boston Globe study discovered that the brain cannot completely ignore others, even after they have already left. This experience is more amplified for an antisocial personality.
Isolation prevents this distraction, which allows better focus through mental rest.
2. Better composure
An article by The Harvard Business review contradicted the belief that extroverts make the best bosses. A 2011 study shows that extroverted leaders are more efficient with passive subordinates, for example, pizza chains. Introverted leaders, on the other hand, are more efficient with active subordinates, for example, researchers.
The study suggests that introverted leaders are less likely to feel threatened by strong personalities and suggestions, and do not take procrastination lightly. They are characterized by their mental calmness, self-control, and self-command, and excellent listening skills.
3. Increased Creativity
Antisocial personalities do not tend to seek validation from others. Their self-assurance and independence lead to imagination and innovation.
Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking and founder of Quiet Revolution, a company that promotes quiet and introvert-friendly workplaces.
She says that those who surround themselves with people tend to take in their opinions and aesthetics. These factors completely obliterate originality, the very foundation of creativity.
Being original enough to chart your own vision requires that you be comfortable in your own company, with your own thoughts.
4. Higher quality friendships
When it comes to friendships, antisocial people tend to choose quality over quantity. They have fewer friends, but these relationships are more healthy, solid, and long term. It is said that higher-quality friendships lead to greater happiness.
People like celebrities who admit to liking their alone time, speak about it as if they're revealing an embarrassing quality. They can't be blamed, as the characteristics of introverts have long been downplayed. And the qualities of extroverts have become more deeply ingrained as what's considered the norm in society.
Studies show that higher-quality friendships lead to greater health and happiness. Who doesn't want greater health and happiness!
5. Mental Balance
Mental balance is the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment. A mind free of distraction and opinions leaves more space for self-awareness.
Dr Tasha, the author of Insight, 2017 defines self-awareness as “the ability to see ourselves clearly—to understand who we are, how others see us and how we fit into the world”
The value of self-awareness includes enriched emotional intelligence, empathy, and listening skills. These factors lead to improved critical thinking and decision making skills. Mental balance also ensures strengthened communication, relationships, and personal development.
Watch this TED Talk by Crystal Robello, where she discussed the difficulties in being an introvert in today's society.