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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book, July 10, 2008
This review is from: Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength (Paperback)
Wow! What a fascinating book. The title caught my attention, and once I got into it, I was pleased with all of the insights the author provides. I always figured I was an introvert, but I didn't realize what that meant until I read this book. Now I understand that introverts simply gain strength from within and that many social interactions cause them to expend energy, while extroverts gain strength from interactions and have to expend more energy through internal reflection. That explains a lot of mysteries about people I have known, including me. The author does a great job of disproving the falsehood that introverts are in the minority and that extroversion is the preferred state of being. Neither is better than the other, but knowing the difference can help all of us understand ourselves and others better. I also like the way the author combines academic research, real-life examples and her own experiences to make a very compelling case for the power of introverts. I plan to keep this book in a handy spot so I can refer to it whenever I need a refresher on its concepts. This book is a good investment.
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Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
As a lifelong extrovert, I was amazed at how much I learned from this book. I was drawn to it in an effort to "help" a friend of mine. Once I got into it, though, I realized that I was the one who needed to hear the message. I have come away with such a great respect for introverts. In fact, I think they've got it all over us extroverts. We seek our "juice" from external sources, and they nourish themselves from within. It's a shame our society tends to pass judgment and thinks that introverts need to be drawn out of their shells. We've got it all wrong. They're self nourishing -- they just need to have quiet time in order to rejuvenate and "charge their batteries." They don't need external influences. Hmmmmm ... great food for thought.

Laurie Helgoe definitely hits the nail on the head. She validates the natural attributes of introverts --and helps us extroverts to see the light. I'm referring this book to everyone I know -- on both sides of the fence. Thanks, Dr. Helgoe, for enlightening all of us!
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