Friday, July 26, 2013

Book Review: Introvert Power

I've decided this week that I'm now officially going to consider myself an extrovert, while still holding onto my introverted thought processes. Having previously discussed thoughts about power postures and how to present yourself in public, I often promote the idea of appearing to be an extrovert. And this week in the WSJ there was an interesting article: How an Introvert Can Be Happier: Act Like and Extrovert.  Well, I want to be happy, so I'll gladly act like an extrovert.

Several months ago I read the book Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking which did a good job of looking at American society and the role personality plays within it. Following on this I read Laurie Helgoe's second edition of  Introvert Power:  Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength.  Laurie's book discusses the introvert's personality strengths, how to be proud of them and how to use those strengths to your advantage.  

If you are examining how you perceive yourself and how you are perceived, it would be a good book to read.  Laurie uses many personal stories to relate to her topic.  She also has some helpful advice on how to nurture your inner self to find your strengths and how to translate them into social situations.  It could help you use your internal resources in situations where you need to make your strengths known--be it in interviews, networking events or public presentations.  Introvert Power also gives introverts and extroverts the ability to better understand each other.  Power to the Introverts and Extroverts alike!


neros1399 said...

Thanks for the review! I consider mmyself to be an extravert, but have a couple of friends who are more on the quiet side... I will recommend that they read this book.

Deanna said...

Oh I'll have to check this book out! I've been thinking a lot about this lately, especially from a social psychology standpoint. As mainly an introvert, I often wonder if people falsely judge me just because I don't talk loudly and in exclamation points, hah. It seems the loudest and most robust personality sets the standard of a room, and those that don't are perceived as "quiet" when that's an incorrect adjective. At least that's my observation. So I'd be interested to read about those dynamics!

Amy said...

You'll enjoy it, and it does cover a lot of the things you just brought up. Thanks for the comment.

Wines for the People said...

I'm no psychologist, but I was recently told that the terms introvert and extrovert have less to do with whether we are shy or gregarious than with how we recharge. If we need alone time to return to normal we are introverted. If we don't feel normal until we spend time with others, we are extroverts. Does that come up in the WSJ article and the books you review? I'm not sure how relevant it is but it puts a different perspective on things, and makes me realize I may be more of an extrovert than I ever thought.

Amy said...

Hey wines for the people! Thanks for the comment. Yes, I think there are many sides of the introvert/extrovert characterization, and a good topic to think about. BTW, any new releases I should know about?