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The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World (Perigee Book) Paperback – December 4, 2012
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“In this thought-provoking treatise on the quieter types, Dembling, the blogger behind Psychology Today’s “The Introvert’s Corner,” proposes a wholesale rethinking of what it means to be an introvert…. Dembling’s account is refreshingly candid and straightforward—“I am an introvert,” she writes, “And there’s not a damn thing wrong with me.”
“Unlike Quiet, it not only provides scientific and cultural background but also practical tips and a thorough-note of complete understanding of the introvert’s nature. An introvert myself, I have never read a book that I have so truly felt myself in.”
“Dembling urges introverts to embrace their need for solitude, reflection, and regeneration with no apologies. It's what makes us who we are.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer
About the Author
Sophia Dembling writes The Introvert’s Corner blog for Psychology Today. Her previous books include The Yankee Chick’s Survival Guide to Texas, and she has published hundreds of articles and essays in magazines, newspapers, and websites.
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Upon discovering Sophia Dembling's new book The Introvert's Way, I had the fortunate opportunity to review a copy before it became available (released today - Dec. 4th). While similar to Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking, Dembling book is quite validating (". . . introverts can perhaps lay claim to high levels of creativity"), but at the same time Dembling, herself an introvert, offers accessible advice on how to interact successfully and create quality relationships with others that may be far more extroverted than we understand.
With chapters titled: What Quiet Says, Introverts are Not Failed Extroverts, Loneliness is a State of Mind and Mistakes Introverts Make, it is authentic based on her own experiences, helpful with its relatable situations that you may have thought you were the only one experiencing and wise on how to deal with those who may not understand. After all, it's okay if you enjoy your own company more often than not (in fact, it's a very good thing), and once you understand that this idea that extroversion is better and the American way is all a myth, you too will hopefully breathe a sigh of relief and go about accepting yourself for exactly who you are, being comfortable living in a way that works for you. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book.
"Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain (2012),
and "Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto" by Anneli Rufus (way back in 2003).
Why did I think I wanted to read another book on introversion?
Anyway, I ran across "The Introvert's Way, Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World" by Sophia Dembling (2012), and (late though I was) I'm glad I did. (She's Sophia with a long "i", not Sophee-a.)
Ms. Dembling covers the field. You're an introvert. So, there are standard things you likely hate. Including, the telephone (that's BIG). Skype. Chitchat. People bothering you at the gym. Not being left alone. That's including people inviting themselves as a houseguest for days on end. Not only are we not a Bed & Breakfast, we're not a Bed & Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, nor are we their entertainment source and day tripper thrown in. Pull-ease! Give us some space.
And Dembling lists the standard introvert preferences: email, writing, books, home alone, infrequent parties.
And since we live in the biased American culture of extroversion, Ms. Dembling builds courage to be and live who you are. That's primary, for sure.
Her writing can be down and gritty (I won't say "down and dirty"). She's smart, deep, insightful. She comes across in a colloquial, breezy, and occasionally profane style. In keeping with the guides for Amazon reviews, I can't cross the borders here. Even after all the other books, I like this one very much.