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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402211171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402211171
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Laurie Helgoe's "Introvert Power" is The Bhagavad Gita for introverts....Laurie fans the embers of wisdom in each of us to honor yearnings that serve as both compass and anchor. I'm now giving myself permission to get a lock for my office door and replace my reading chair with something that would delight my younger self. I owe it to her. --Mary Hershey, author for children & young adults, co-creater of Shrinking Violets, Marketing for Introverts

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LAURIE HELGOE, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in personality. In addition to five books, she authored the Psychology Today cover story, Revenge of the Introverts," was quoted in the The Wall Street Journal, and is a frequent invited speaker and radio and television guest. Helgoe is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine.

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64 of 66 people found the following review helpful By NoodleDoodle on 14 April 2009
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I read another book about introverts first (Introvert Advantage), but this was definitely my favourite of the two (Introvert Advantage is worth reading as well, but this book felt more relevant to me). I didn't like the cover photo (initially) but it grew on me over time (not that it matters much anyway).

I bought this book because I was struggling to understand why I felt differently to my friends - they wanted to meet up and go out as much as possible, sing and dance etc, whereas I'm happy enjoying my own company, reading, or just doing my own thing. It was really getting to me why I wasn't enjoying all the things everyone else seemed to enjoy. I felt like I didn't fit in. But this book helped me to understand that I'm not weird, I'm an introvert. I would recommend it to anyone who feels like they don't fit in when out socialising, or who feels awkward at parties and wants to go home before everyone else. It helps you to accept the way you are instead of trying to fight it and feeling bad about yourself when you can't fake being an extrovert. It's been therapy for me. I'm glad I'm an introvert and this book helped me realise that.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Stan Bubbers on 2 Feb. 2010
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Being an Introvert I found this book incredibly insightful and interesting to read. It helped me to further understand and accept myself the way I am regardless of social pressures. I thought it was well structured and easy to read, and the quotations at the beginning of every chapter are just splendid.

Although this was the first book I have read on Introversion I would nonetheless recommend it to a fellow Introvert who needs guidance or anyone who wishes to gain insight into the depths of an Introverted personality.

Also, it's nice to know you're not alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By eden on 21 Jan. 2012
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I felt like I was reading my own thoughts all the way through this book and am very cheered that I am not the only one to feel like an alien in a strange world. I laughed all the way through the 'Anti-Party' chapter - so so true. As mentioned in other reviews the cover image on this book is awful and needs re-thinking if published again, but ignoring that I highly recommended this book. Introverts of the world unite!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rishibach on 2 April 2012
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This book brought me to a greater place of self acceptance and understanding within me of who I am and why it is unnecessary to feel the need to change in order to seem successful and 'Fully Alive'.

I developed long forgotten creativity just by following this new acceptance and allowing myself the time inside I need and long for unabashedly, which in turn boosted my confidence and sense of self worth. I then took this acceptance to some get-togethers and managed to feel much more self-respect and centredness than I was previously used to.

I have not finished the book yet because I'm still following the wave of interconnected events that were sparked by my beginning to come home and feel more than ok about it.

It has not fixed my life, it has enhanced it already. There is much reference to the USA and virtually none to the UK and one gets a sense of an individuals perspective of an almost biased nature effected by the authors life experiences that may vary from others and still I gratefully received the messages that clearly related to me with ease and I will enjoy to continue reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By French_Reader on 17 Feb. 2013
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Although the book focuses exclusively on the differences between the US and a couple of other European countries, it is one of the most fascinating and enlightening one I have read on the subject of introversion so far.
I'd definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to start understanding their alleged aloofness!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By zombie 100 on 26 Nov. 2012
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Get paused the American focus and you have a gem of a book offering insight and strategies.
Introvert power lets revel in our gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie on 9 April 2012
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I have read three books on introversion and this is the best by far. I have now recovered my inner strength, which I knew was always there, but which I had hitherto hidden, and realized that I am not weird or antisocial or any of the other tags society in general pins on someone who prefers solitude rather than 'socializing'. A must-read book, not only for introverts but also extroverts.
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