About a third to a half of the entire population are introverts. I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in. Surprising? The fact is that more people than we realize are more reserved, introspective, and ‘quiet.’ You may even have a few stereotypes about introverts yourself. We barely talk, we’re not friendly, we’re turtles happily kept hostage in our shells. As an introvert myself, I believe that we are the quiet leaders of the world. Some of the most historical, popular and well known figures of our time were/are introverts. From J.K. Rowling, Kim Kardashian, Johnny Depp, Julia Roberts, even Jesus was considered an introvert in today’s standards! For all of my fellow introverts, check out out these six books that encourage us to unite and be proud of our quiet, yet utlra-powerful nature.
1. Quiet by Susan Cain
I knew that this book would have to be on this list. I couldn’t imagine it not. Susan Cain’s novel really sheds so much light on the history of introversion as well as why we are the way we are. A must read for, honestly everyone! It will help you understand those around you who may be soft-spoken or gentle-natured.
2. Quiet Influence: The Introvert’s Guide to Making a Difference by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler
If you grew up around a bunch of extroverts, especially during a time when extroversion was heavily encouraged and if you were quieter you were viewed as having some sort of issue, then you understand that, as great as being outgoing is, it can be exhausting to be around. This is why I particularly love this book, because it further encourages introverts who feel like their voice isn’t being heard among a throng of especially flamboyant and vibrant ones.
3. Quiet Impact: How to be a Successful Introvert by Sylvia Loehken
When it comes to the workplace, it can be even more of a challenge to remain to personality because, depending on your work environment, things can often can very fast-paced and hectic. Introverts are, of course, hard workers too and this book provides even more helpful advice on how to lead in a strong, confident way though not having to change your personality to be taken seriously.
4. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
Another wonderful introvert focused novel by Susan Cain that continues to explore the strengths, weaknesses, and overall thoughts of the introvert. This one is especially inclined towards kids and teens.
5. The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling
The Introvert’s Way takes on a different perspective of an introvert’s life. Away from the alone time we often seek and the quiet moments, the author shows us how to function in an often high energy environment that can quickly make us feel worn out and exhausted.
6. The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney
Sometimes, it’s honestly quite difficult to tell whether or not someone is an introvert or an extrovert (or even an ambivert) because we all have various sides and attributes to our personalities. We’re complex creatures, we humans! Regardless of personality type, I think that The Introvert Advantage is a self-help guide book that’ll do well for anyone to read since we all do share a wide variety of traits and personality characteristics.
“There is a tremendous difference between alone and lonely. You could be lonely in a group of people. I like being alone. I like eating by myself. I go home at night and just watch a movie or hang out with my dog. I have to exert myself and really say, ‘oh God, I’ve got to see my friends because I’m too content by myself.'”
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