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Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

In Nonfiction on May 21, 2010 at 3:09 am

Title: Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
Author: Laurie A. Helgoe
Genre: Nonfiction/Introverts
Rating: ****/****

Now this is a book I’ve needed in my life for a long time.  What a world it would be if introverts would be allowed to be what they are rather than being forced into extroverted role play to satisfy the needs and social expectations of others. This book’s major strength is eliminating the myth that introverts are only a small fraction of the population, when really we are close to half! So, if we’re half, why do we usually think we’re all alone & why are we forced to conform when we need not?

Helgoe answers these questions providing enough material for the avid psychology reader or lay person to be satisfied, plus an extensive bibliography.  For anyone confused, Helgoe lays out the  basic truth of what we are, people who gain strength from within & expend it in social situations. Extroverts need the interaction with others, even groups to remain focused & energetic, so it becomes very difficult in a world culturally dominated by their kind to understand those who prefer smaller groups or even one-on-one, let alone privacy. (It reminds me of how whenever I’m reading in public, someone will want to bother me by asking me questions not even pertaining to the book. They think they’re helping me, because it must be lonely reading alone, but they misunderstand me completely. )

It’s a quick to read volume & I recommend it to the extroverted who desperately need to stop trying to change us & recognize they probably have some introversion as well. And of course, I recommend it to the introverts of the world who are made to feel inferior & on occasion, guilty for not living up to the standards set by others without consideration to their needs.