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Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength Paperback – February 1, 2013
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"It changed my life. No kidding. Dr. Helgoe's book opened the door to discovery that has helped free me be myself." - Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World
"Like a modern-day Thoreau, psychologist Laurie Helgoe leads us to a tranquil Walden Pond within our soul, and shows us the blessings of solitude we can find there." - Stephen Bertman, author of The Eight Pillars of Greek Wisdom
"I love Laurie Helgoe's book. I just wish I'd had it when I was growing up; it would have reduced the number of decades it took me to treasure my own introversion. Now as I read each page I'm saying "Yes!"" - Josephine Humphreys, novelist and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature
"Extroverts have to read this remarkable book too. It's not just that we'll better understand the other 50 percent of the population but that they have so much to teach us. The party always ends, after all. Being alone is unavoidable. Helgoe and the introverts among us know a secret: It's after all the music and dancing stops that we often become our most graceful selves." - Ethan Watters, author of Crazy Like Us: The Globalization of the American Psyche
"Laurie Helgoe's Introvert Power is The Bhagavad Gita for introverts....Laurie fans the embers of wisdom in each of us to honor yearnings that serve as both compass and anchor. I'm now giving myself permission to get a lock for my office door and replace my reading chair with something that would delight my younger self. I owe it to her." - Mary Hershey, author for children & young adults, co-creater of Shrinking Violets, Marketing for Introverts
About the Author
Laurie Helgoe, PhD, is a writer, psychologist, part-time actor, and model-and introvert. This is her fifth book.
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What an enlightening book. It made me laugh and it made me think back to all those times that I was struggling to understand. Now I do. AND, it is so true, that you are NEVER too old to learn and discover new things that will explain your many questions and forever change your outlook. I am SO very happy that Laurie Helgoe, wrote this beautiful book. I am so happy to have it in my library, to be able to refer to it anytime I need it.
This book will never be one that anyone could ever find boring. It has set me free to just be who I am, a friendly, joyful and happy person who loves people, animals and TREES...and just need a bit more quiet time than others may.
The book also discusses how introverts can claim private space, carve out time to think, bring a slower tempo to daily life, create breaks in conversation and relationships, and deal effectively with parties and crowds. Most of all, it gives you permission to enjoy quiet time and if you are introverted, to learn how to thrive instead of just co-exist with all of the noise of modern life.
Part I: Antisocial, Weird, or Displaced?
Ch. 1 The Mistaken Identity
Ch. 2 Alone is Not a Four-letter Word
Ch. 3 Becoming an Alien
Ch. 4 "Anyone Else IN?"
Ch. 5 Meditating with the Majority: The Introverted Society
Part II: The Introvert's Wish List
Ch. 6 A Room of your own
Ch. 7 The Time to Think
Ch. 8 The Right to Retreat
Ch. 9 The Freedom of a Flaneur
Ch. 10 Inroads to Intimacy
Part III: Standing Still in a Loud World
Ch. 11: The Conversation Conundrum
Ch. 12 The Anti-Party Guide
Ch. 13 Why Did I Want to Work with People?
Ch. 14 The Downside to Self-Containment
Ch. 15 Showing Up for Relationships
Part IV: Outing the Introvert
Ch. 16 From Apology to Acceptance -- and Beyond
Ch. 17 Celebrating Introversion
Ch. 18 Expressing What's In There
Ch. 19 Moshing on Your Own Terms
Ch. 20 Introvert Power
I highly recommend this book for all introverts, and people who know introverts.
-The field of psychology labeled introversion a disorder until recently
-America is an extroverted society equalling more murders, but Japan is an introverted society equalling more suicides
-Depression commercials appeal to introverts because society tells us we should always be happy
-Pharmaceutical companies, especially those that make pills for depression have a hard time selling them in Japan, where
introversion and reflection are respected.
-Introverts prefer a neutral state of being than an excited state that extroverts prefer
-Introverts prefer dry humor and melancholic music and intimacy vs large crowds
-People aren't depressed, they are unexpressed. People overindulge when they underindulge their creativity.
Easy read. Teaches you how to navigate a social situations and gives a great history lesson on how introversion.