Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
EMBRACE THE POWER INSIDE YOU
Are you an introvert? Psychologist and introvert Laurie Helgoe reveals that more than half of all Americans are. Introverts gain energy and power through reflection and solitude. Our culture, however, is geared toward the extrovert. The pressure to enjoy parties, chatter, and interactions can lead people to think that an inward orientation is a
This is not a self-help book. There are no formulas. This is about acceptance, thriving and celebrating who you are. I am completely and truly amazed at what I read because I kept thinking "hey, that's me" and I said it in nearly every page.
The author blames American cult ...more
Helgoe explains that "we have become a culture of 'everybody else' Through our constantly expanding media channels, we can know what people are (supposedly) buying, how people are (supposedly) beha ...more
Personally, I'm trying to work on *reducing* my ego and I don't crave power, so some of her rah-rah'ing came off as presumptuous, for me: She makes a lot of assu ...more
Now, the book does dally on a certain whiff of self-help babble, grrr, but the core o ...more
Extrovert: How is your day going?
Introvert:(taking the question in, thinking)
Extrovert: I have had the craziest day....
Introvert: Yeah? (distracted from thinking)
Extrovert: Yeah, it all started this morning when...(continues for five minutes or so)....So you're doing well then?
Introvert: Yeah. Oh, I gotta get g ...more
Not only is it a validation for those of us who relish and need solitude in which to recharge, but it actually celebrates it.
In a extroverted society (as a whole), it's refreshing to read of other countries and cultures where quiet introversion is more the norm. And how we, here, shouldn't have to apologize for the fact that we are the way we are.
If I had to choose one quote from this book which sums it up nicely, it's this one:
It reminds me why I'm an introvert--and why I'm an extrovert at the same time. :D
I love the nostalgic, homecoming feeling of returning to your permanent safe haven--your own solitude.
Another part I especially enjoyed was the "birth dates" not "deadlines!" And how we should follow Nature--our natural bodily rhythms, not the socially imposed time schedules. :) I really love this idea and I'm going to pour all my efforts into making that become a reality in ...more
One thing I particularly liked about this book was the way the author p ...more
Where "Quiet" focuses more on explaining and justifying our character traits and preferences to extroverts, and "Introvert Advantage" focuses on helping us introverts to fit better into our extrovert society, this is a big, juicy permission slip for you to cele ...more
These are the main points I took away from this book.
1) Introverts are in the majority in the US - 57% - despite America being a very extroverted culture.
2) Introverts come in two flavors: Accessible Introverts who almost look like extroverts on the outside and Shadow Dwellers who are your more stereotypical introvert.
3) "Introverts are drawn to worlds more exotic or complex than what is immediately av ...more
In Introvert Power, author Laurie Helgoe adeptly examines who an introvert is...and isn't. She also dispels the myth that introverts are in the minority. Her research finds that the population is almost equally divided in their introvert/extrovert tendencies. Reading th ...more
Raised as the ninth of ten children, she was surroun ...more