The Advantages of Being Intrapersonal

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The Advantages of Being Intrapersonal
Being intrapersonal allows you to have time for reflection. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The term intrapersonal means within an individual; people who are intrapersonal would rather be alone. This doesn't necessarily mean they are antisocial, yet being intrapersonal indicates a person sets time for herself to be alone, whether for studying, thinking or just getting away from the hassle of social interactions for a moment. Being intrapersonal has social and developmental advantages.

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Focus and Studying

Being intrapersonal allows you to focus more on your individual work, so studying without distractions becomes easier. It is also easier to plan ahead and find a place without distractions to study, since you do not have to work around your study partner's schedule. Also, according to the Lifestyle Homeschool website, good intrapersonal skill is directly related to enhanced academic performance.


When studying or working alone, a disadvantage that could arise is the tendency to be distracted, with no study partner to keep you on task and motivated. If you find this occurring when studying alone, then being intrapersonal will force you to develop good study habits, keep you from getting distracted and get the job done on your own time. Therefore, being intrapersonal allows you to develop a strong sense of self-management, learning how to keep on track without the help of anyone else.

Knowing Yourself

Being intrapersonal allows you to be introspective and ask questions about yourself, such as what you want out of life. Knowing yourself is vital to understanding the world and others. If you do not understand yourself and your wants, it is difficult to communicate such wants to other people and can cause confusion and frustration.

Other Advantages

Being alone while studying will allow you to try more unusual study techniques that you wouldn't otherwise use with a study partner, such as using personal music or singing to yourself in order to remember information.

According to Lifestyle Homeschool, developing intrapersonal skills can lead to more self-confidence, which leads to working with and forming friends more easily. Also, people with developed intrapersonal skills are less afraid to try new things.

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