Resources for Introverts

Since I write about introversion from time to time, I thought I would compile a list of the resources I found helpful in understanding this trait.  Any other recommendations would be welcomed!

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

A well researched and excellently written book on introversion, it’s not surprising that it reached the New York Times bestseller list.  Cain meticulously explains the many gifts introverts provide despite society’s pressure to be more outgoing and gregarious.  With chapters on temperament, work, and child rearing, Quiet provides an in depth look at the power of introverts.

The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling

Dembling started her writings about introversion on “The Introvert’s Corner through Psychology Today’s website.  Her posts on that blog created the foundation for her book.  A fast paced and humorous examination of introversion, I recommend this book for people who are looking for a quick read with useful tips on surviving our extroverted culture.

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.

From what I can tell, The Introvert Advantage was one of the first books written specifically on introversion.  While some of her information is now a bit dated, it is interesting to compare how perceptions of introverts have changed or stayed the same in the last 11 years.  Likewise, she has helpful tips for introverts who struggle with shyness.

The Highly Sensitive Person:  How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

While this book isn’t about introversion specifically, it introduces another aspect of personality that introverts may have:  being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).  While “highly sensitive” may sound romantic or weak, being a HSP, “means you are aware of subtleties in your surroundings. . .” (pg. xiii).  If you are an introvert (or extrovert) who has great difficulty in loud environment or stressful situations, you might find this book useful in providing more tools to cope and thrive in a loud world.  To find out if you are a HSP,  you can take a quiz here.


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