As humans, we tend to crave belonging and acceptance. We want to be a part of the group, to be included in the inner circle. However, sometimes being on the outside looking in can be a good thing. In a world of insiders, being an outsider can bring a unique set of benefits.
If you feel like an outsider, I encourage you to embrace your uniqueness. Below are 5 positive benefits of being an outsider:
Insiders tend to get stuck in their ways and routines. They can become blind to new ideas and opportunities. Outsiders, on the other hand, are not bound by the norms and conventions of the group. They can bring a fresh perspective to old problems and offer innovative solutions.
Insiders are often constrained by groupthink and the fear of going against the group. As an outsider, you have the freedom to be yourself and think for yourself. You don’t have to worry about conforming to the group’s expectations or norms. This freedom can lead to more creativity and innovation.
Insiders can become too emotionally invested in the group’s success. They may be unwilling to acknowledge or address the group’s weaknesses and blind spots. As an outsider, you can bring a more objective perspective. You are not emotionally invested in the group’s success or failure, so you can more accurately assess its strengths and weaknesses.
Insiders tend to specialize in a particular area of expertise. While this specialization can be valuable, it can also be limiting. As an outsider, you have the opportunity to explore different areas and develop a diverse skill set. This versatility can make you more adaptable and valuable in a changing world.
Insiders may become complacent or entitled. They may take their position for granted and become resistant to change. As an outsider, you are used to facing challenges and overcoming obstacles. You are more resilient and adaptable in the face of change and uncertainty.
Being an outsider in a world of insiders may have its challenges, but it also brings a unique set of benefits. You can offer a fresh perspective, have the freedom to be yourself, bring objectivity, develop versatility, and build resilience. So, the next time you find yourself on the outside looking in, don’t despair. Embrace your outsider status and leverage it to your advantage. If you feel like an outsider, I encourage you right not to say out loud, “I am an outsider and I am proud of it!”
If feeling like an outsider causes you social anxiety and/or depressed mood, please contact me, clinical psychologist, Dr. Christine Dickson. I can help you accept yourself and find new ways to manage your mood. Please reach out today through my website.