Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
"Vivid and engaging."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Embrace the Power Inside You
It's no wonder that introversion is making headlines—half of all Americans are introverts. But if that describes you—are you making the most of your inner strength?
Psychologist and introvert Laurie Helgoe unveils the genius of introversion. Introverts gain energy and power through ref...more
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
Now, the book does dally on a certain whiff of self-help babble, grrr, but the core o ...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
It's a good and useful book, mind you. But one should realise that it should be not about introverts vocalising their opinions and issues but about making our society less ext ...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
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
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
I have always felt at odds with myself and my ability to act accordingly to society's standards, and have especially felt like there was something wrong with my non-extroverted preferences. And then along came this book and it has given me hope and many reasons to celebrate my true introverted nature.
This book is full of relatable introvert anecdotes, tips for dealing with extroverts, and plenty of ideas on how to grab one's need for refreshing alone time in he ...more
The author seems to know what's she's talking about, but she makes way too many generalizations. To think that there would be no books if there were no introverts is silly. I'm sure there are extroverts who like to read, ...more
Now, I want to get to an honest review of the books mentioned.
The one thing I did not like about Introver ...more
It seems like the author wrote this for “Accessible Introverts”, her term for introverts who haven’t yet fully come to accept their introversion and who envy extroverts and pretend at extroversion. I found this helpful since I’m definitely an “accessible introvert”. I come from a family where extroverts, while not the majority, seem to set the norm for socializing, so when I come home from gatherings twisted up with self-doubt. Why can’t I be quick and witty? Why am
I so slow to ...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:
Raised as the ninth of ten children, she was surroun ...more