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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc; 2 edition (29 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402280882
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402280887
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,128 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

About the Author

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bernie2111 on 10 Aug. 2013
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Every time I pick up this book I come across something new about Introverts and wish I came across this mine field of useful information, thirty years previous. Most of us Introverts are sick and tired of being regarded as quiet and strange because we don't brag, lie and steal the limelight, like alot of coworkers I have met these past 35 years. Lauries book really goes to town reminding us that Introversion can be used as a tool, to plan and act, while ensuring we gain the overdue credit and recognition for hard work and effort regardless our occupation.
This book would I feel, be a valuable reading companion to any of Richard Greene's books on applying the laws of power because it teaches stealth. Silence is power and not necessarily from a non verbal perspective but from gathering inner resources using intuitive decision making and claiming the reward, when the extrovert has tired of using one upmanship and social vampirism to cheat their way to success.
Top rating of 5 out of 5. Highly recommended introverts survival in business and the workplace.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 Jan. 2014
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The title of the book is misleading. It suggests an analytical, factual read. Where as it feels more like you're reading someone's journal (and a very female-oriented one at that), combined with some social commentary. The author makes a lot of generalizations and uses a lot of "we" phrases. Such as where she talks about how in childhood she kept her side of the room simple and neat- "Japanese-style" as she described it, compared to her sister's messy "extroverted" bedroom decor. And how "you probably" did this too. I think the author is venturing into other aspects of personality and labeling it introversion or extroversion erroneously. There are INFPs (Itroverted, INtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving) introverts and there are ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging) introverts. I, for example- although practical and unattached to material items, which I think was what the author was trying to convey unsuccessfully when talking about her childhood room, had what some might describe as a "messy" room. Because I am more of an intuitive/feeling introvert than a judging and sensing introvert. That's why you can get introverts in fields as diverse as Banking and Finance and Music and creative arts. And this accounts for personality differences despite common defining traits specific to introverts. I don't think she highlights the importance of these Myers-Briggs personality distinctions which she only mentions in passing in the introduction when talking about how introversion has come to be misunderstood. Which leads me to believe that this wasn't very well researched. Additionally, of the assumptions she makes, the most important of these is that everyone reading this book feels ashamed about being an introvert in an extrovert world.I couldn't relate in many places.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Sloan on 17 Aug. 2013
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This is a deeply personal book which has more power because of being written by someone in the situation of having to deal with her own introversion.

I almost hesitate to call it life-changing, but before reading this book, i struggled to "better myself", thinking that introversion was a social disability. Now i know it is a strength and a gift which i can use to benefit my family and friends. Really, there is nothing else i can call it but life-changing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Maguid on 4 Aug. 2013
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Its easy to read with helpful advice. If like me, you'll find yourself saying "that's so me!" quite often through this book, which is a nice feeling knowing we're not in the minority but actually contrary to popular belief, in the majority.
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I love this book! For the first time something has come along that I can completely identify with. As stated on other reviews 'Introvert Power' starts with some background to the author and her experiences as an introvert - but only as a very short introduction and in establishing who the author is. This soon moves into a very good book on living as an introvert - not trying to become an imitation extrovert but accepting and enjoying who you are. Psychologist Laurie Helgoe has a lot of experience and authority in this field and I have found this by far the best book on living as an introvert in the wealth of books that are currently available. This is easily readable, written with humour and a joy to read.
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By tracey on 3 Mar. 2014
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For years I have struggled with being around people for long lengths of time. I start to feel tired with it and need to "escape". The desire for peaceful solitude is strong, yet everyone see's me as really sociable and a real people person, so if I decline an invite or just want to be alone it often is misinterpreted as being off/rude, and can cause problems. This book made it all clear and I wish I had found it long ago. If what I described about myself sounds like you too I highly recommend this book
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great book to refer to time and time again. I could really relate to a lot of what Laurie Helgoe said as I prefer to be alone or with close family and friends most of the time. I particularly liked the chapter on work as I think I can concentrate and better enjoy a working environment when I am left alone most of the day. Best book on introversion i have read so far.
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