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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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