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Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength Paperback – Bargain Price, July 1, 2008
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"If they had know this or that...things wouldnt have happened that way." This book has thusfar explained every struggle I've ever had, and the truth is I'm not exaggerating.
Aside from being wonderfully written, in an accessible and personal tone, the book leaves nothing unanswered, and no room for doubiousness. It's a great investment for people who are introverted, or people who know introverts, or extroverts who can understand introverts....the list goes on.
Dr. Helgoe identifies introversion as a characteristic of personality that is common, but widely ignored; and explains that when properly understood, introversion can be enjoyed, celebrated and put to productive use.
I have discussed the subject of introversion with people who have advanced degrees in psychology, and I have been told that introversion is a personal choice or an attitude. Bull!
Dr. Helgoe GETS IT! She understands that some people are plenty of company for themselves. She understands that many of us just don't care for parties or crowds or superficial relationships. She knows the value of just a few good friends and the life enhancing value of a solitary retreat. And she knows the need to have the freedom to think your own thoughts and to feel your own emotions.
This is an outstanding book. Introverts will be refreshingly validated by it, and extroverts will be educated.
In the book Laurie Helgoe exposes our cultural bias towards introverts by exposing the language used to label introverts like antisocial and stuck-up. I have always felt that the problems I have endured because of my introversion have been a form of discrimination. I hate parties so I don't go. I'm awful at small talk and useless when it comes to giving comeback answers but I'm insightful, thoughtful and full of ideas, every moment of the day and I enjoy being with myself. Something that the author states isn't valued enough in our society where everything is "in your face", including extroverts.
The author states that introverts brains are busier than extroverts which is the reason why I learned that I get so easily overwhelmed. I also learned that solitude is not a bad thing and there are two types of introverts. I'm definitely a "shadow dweller" and I have often gotten a lot of slack from "socially accessibles" who are often jealous of my ability to be true to myself. Though I didn't realize this until I read this book. Challenging the extrovert assumption is a responsibilty that all us introverts have for each other. I also learned why I love Scandanavian countries and design. I'm a minimalist for a reason.Read more ›
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As a child, being pushed to 'get out there' is something that "programmed me" to think that there was something wrong with me whenever I wanted to sit back quietly and take... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cakey
This is a really good book for those just starting to identify as an introvert OR have struggled with that identity and need some validation and suggestions for owning and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erin
Only about girl introverts.....could have been written more broadly I thinkPublished 7 months ago by Belle Aakhus
Love this book. I bought it based on other reviews and am not disappointed. It helps me be more comfortable being my introvert self and realizing that other people's... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Elfikins
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Dr. Helgoe for saving my self-esteem. I used to wonder if I was a dull,unsophisticated hick because I was more intrigued by the possibility of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by reedy
An early read I did on introverts. Another great argument for the thinkers of society.Published 18 months ago by Diane Steiner
This is my favorite "introvert" book, and it was the first book that affirmed my introvert-ness. I really enjoyed reading it, and liked the idea about having my own space. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dan the Engineer