Introvert Power - Laurie Helgoe, PhD

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This year, one of my personal goals  is to dig deeper and to submerge myself in everything that interests me.

I am a seeker of truth and from this realization, I created challenges for myself to help accomplish this goal.  The first challenge is to read more.  I did just that.  This summer,  I read a total of 8 books and mind you, I had not picked up a book, let alone dedicate time for reading in years.  An accomplishment that rewired me to a different path in life.  

As much as we read those posts we love to share on Facebook or anything over the internet, it can't replace the art and discipline of reading a book.  Hopefully this will somehow inspire you to read more and to dig deeper in whatever interests you.

Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe, PhD

Summary: 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 problem instead of an opportunity.

Helgoe shows that the exact opposite is true: Introverts can capitalize on this inner source of power. INTROVERT POWER is a groundbreaking call for an introvert renaissance, a blueprint for how introverts can take full advantage of this hidden strength in daily life. Supplemented by the voices of several introverts, Helgoe presents a startling look at introvert numbers, influence, and economic might.

Revolutionary and invaluable, INTROVERT POWER includes ideas for how introverts can learn to:

Claim private space Carve out time to think Bring a slower tempo into daily life Create breaks in conversation and relationships Deal effectively with parties, interruptions, and crowds

QUIET IS MIGHT. SOLITUDE IS STRENGTH. INTROVERSION IS POWER.

(summary from goodreads.com)

My Review:   “Let's clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people. We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.”

I'm very much an introvert but I know how to be an extrovert at times also.  At a very young age I remember always being in my head and being creative.  My mom would bring me and my brothers to the library and we would explore.  You could find me digging through the vast amounts of cd's and old records or hiding underneath tables with markers and reading books.  Growing up I lost that side of myself because of the pressures to fit in and to be an extrovert.

Living in Las Vegas, the nightlife and the party life is always present and for a moment in my life I lost myself to that.  I do enjoy going out, exploring and socializing here and there but now I love the slowed down atmosphere of a library, art museum, or cafe.

This book helped me realize the power of stillness and thought.  There IS power in being an introvert.

Dr. Laurie Helgoe, author of Introvert Power explains this power very well.  Through statistics and personal stories, she makes you feel like you are not alone.  Helgoe describes America as an Extroverted Culture, in fact, 50.7 percent of the U.S. population are introverts.

This book guides you on channeling that energy in your day to day.  From understanding what introversion is to misconceptions of solitude in your social life.  Helgoe debunks these myths, extroverted assumptions and gives you insight on how to exert the power of introversion.

What we share as introverts is the love of ideas and the desire to explore them with minimal interruption. We want and need input, but we’d rather get it through reading, research, and rich conversation than through unfiltered talk.

If you are trying to revive your introversion in a world filled with extroverts or if you're trying to gain power through solidarity and thought, this book is for you.  Dr. Laurie Helgoe does a great job in making this book an easy and enlightening read.  A book worth reading more than once.

Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5