Two years ago, I started seeing articles and books with the word ‘Introvert’. Now, I’ve always known to some extent that I’m an introvert, but I wasn’t always encouraged to develop my natural introvert nature, or to accept my introversion as an unique skill-set. Every introvert likes different things and is an individual – not all introverts like sci-fi and fantasy, or are as obsessive about books as I am, but it is to do with how we process information, and cope with the world around us.
Over the past year, I’ve found some excellent websites, twitter accounts, blogs and books that have educated me and reassured me that being an introvert is a positive thing. It has boosted my happiness to know that there are other people who react and feel the same way as I do about social interaction, the way I process things and what my natural reaction to different situations is. Although putting more labels on people can feel like overburdening ourselves, sometimes those labels are another way towards self discovery and understanding.
Websites and Blogs
The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain’s website, with interesting articles both from the author herself and other introverts.
The Introvert Entrepreneur – Beth Buelow’s website and blog.
The Quiet Entrepreneur – a website by Julia Barnickle.
Introvert Retreat – a website celebrating and exploring what it means to be an introvert.
Quietly Fabulous – a website aimed at helping introverts advocate for themselves and be proud of being an introvert.
Brave Introvert – a blog about being an introvert.
Introvert Zone – a website full of articles about introversion.
Space2Live – a blog about introversion, relationships and self-actualisation.
Loner Wolf – not strictly about introversion, but has some excellent thought provoking articles.
A Sign of Life – a beautiful blog about introversion, life and everything.
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe – more in-depth and philosophical than Quiet, this is one of the first books about introversion. It has excellent advice and explores different facets of being an introvert. Inspiring and informational.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain – the book that swept everyone along the introvert road. Although eye-opening and revealing, not as in-depth as I expected (especially compared to Introvert Power), but nonetheless a brilliant book.
Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling – This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities…with quiet strength. Sophia Dembling asserts that the introvert’s lifestyle is not wrong or lacking, as society or extroverts would have us believe (description from Amazon – as of yet haven’t read this book but it’s on my To Be Read list!).
Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler – Introverts can be highly effective influencers when, instead of trying to act like extroverts, they use their natural strengths. This book shows how six specific introvert strengths can be used to influence others, but also warns of the pitfalls that can result if these strengths are used in the wrong way.
Insight: Reflections on the Gifts of Being an Introvert by Beth L. Buelow – I’ve just started reading this and it consists of bitesized essays reflecting on introversion. Brilliant nuggets of wisdom that inspire you to appreciate and understand yourself better.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron – again, I haven’t read this yet. Opinions vary on whether all introverts are HSP – not all introverts are but this is an interesting concept, and I look forward to reading the book.
Journal of a Solitude by May Sarton – this has been on my To Be Read list forever, and is an in-depth, frank look at the power of solitude.
There you have it – do you have any other recommendations or suggestions? Have you read any of the books – what did you think?