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Introverts at Ease: An Insider's Guide to a Great Life on Your Terms Paperback – October 28, 2011
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I'm finding it easy to read with its brief, useful chapters yet, as an extrovert, the insight I'm getting into my introvert husband, family, friends and colleagues is profound. I never realized there was actually a physiological difference between extrovert and introvert. I'm gaining much more appreciation for introvert strengths, and more compassion for the needs an introvert has. And also, for my own needs as an extrovert living with an introvert. For example, one thing I see now is that what I've sometimes thought of as obstinacy, was simply a desire for down time or quiet to replenish. This book is already helping me be clearer and more effective in my relationships with the introverts in my life. That's so wonderful.
My other issue is that despite being an introvert I just can't relate to many of the examples and strategies. I believe these are based largely on the author's experiences, and many are related to other personality tendencies beside introversion. For example, in one article she discusses how she is not a morning person and needs to wake up slowly. She ties this to introverts' physiological differences. However I know several strong introverts (including my husband) who wake up energized and ready to go enjoy their quiet time before the rest of the world gets up.
Relaxing and going slowly to manage your energy is a recurring theme that you may or may not relate to. I'm NOT a morning person either, but when I get up and get moving quickly I'm much happier and more energized throughout the day. You can be an introvert and not resonate with this author's reflections - just don't assume this book is for all introverts.
Phil Sandahl, coach and author
Author Nancy Okerlund shows you how to get more energy, have a better work/life balance, obtain relief from the over-stimulation and a too-fast pace of life, stay focused and energized on a big creative project or make a big change in your career. Written in bursts of easily absorbed clips, her book makes for easy, entertaining, and delightful reading.
It contains some very useful information for people with introverted traits, but it is VERY repetitive. Also, this is not a book per se. It is a collection of newsletter articles.
I was very disappointed with the writing, although it may have an appeal for middle-aged and older women (I am not certain). Personally I thought her use of tacky adjectives and excessive reminders "because I'm an introvert" during her anecdotes sounded as if she was trying to sound cute, interesting or something. The point is is that it reads like she is trying, so it felt pretentious and uncomfortable to read. Not to mention that it's written more like a personal journal than for other people.
Overall, the book has some good points, but there is way too much fluff and repetition. Do yourself a favor and find a different book on the subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
After borrowing someone else's book, we have now purchased 2 more to share with other introverts.Published 9 months ago by PJC
Didn't care for this, it read as a memoir and diary a lot of the time. In a lofty tone, like these are jewels from royalty. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Christrich
Maybe my expectations were just way off, but I thought this was going to be more of a book providing insight on living as an introvert (as the title would suggest). Read morePublished 21 months ago by Andrew Cunningham
This book is written by an Introvert. One who's clearly accustomed to advising/helping other Introverts.
It's very well written, and very useful.
This is an absolutely sweet read for all introverts (and perhaps the extraverts who might be trying to make sense of them). Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by SKE
I started reading this and felt like I was looking in the mirror. It is so me! I great book for introverts or their friends/family who would like to understand them a bit more. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This was a gift so I was just going according to the wish list. The person who received it had it on their wish list and says so far it's a good read.Published on January 18, 2013 by Annette G. Rodriguez