I’ve enjoyed exploring my introversion and getting so much validation from all of you. It’s been fabulous! But now I’m ready to switch gears a little, and go from getting acquainted with my introversion to doing a deeper dive into how to make my introversion work for me in my life. I’m giving up the things that hold me down, like fake extroversion, and claiming my strengths.
My copy of Introvert Power; Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie Helgoe just arrived yesterday and I couldn’t wait to dig in. I’ve only made it through the introduction so far and already I’m a believer. She talks about growing up an introvert in a big family of extroverts:
“I became anxious because I couldn’t think, and, without my own mind, I felt like I was disintegrating.”
We can relate to that, can’t we?
She sums up the purpose of her book:
“This book is about embracing the power of introversion. It’s about indulging, melting into, drinking in, immersing ourselves in the joy, the genius, and the power of who we naturally are…”
I think that Susan Cain has done a wonderful job of giving introverts a voice. Her TED talk is great, and makes all the little light bulbs go on in our heads. Illumination! I prize Marti Laney and Beth Buelow for their down-to-earth practical tips for understanding myself and moving better in a noisy world. (You can find links to all of this on the Introvert Info page.) But Laurie Helgoe is opening up more doors yet. Here’s another example. She talks about the social skills we are taught as children, things like being polite and making friends, and then goes on to ask:
But how many of us are taught the value of solitude skills? How many of us are taught to protect our boundaries, to foster imagination, to be alone? How many of us are encouraged to withdraw from social activity and nurture the life of the mind?
This book promises to be a great read and I look forward to bringing to you nuggets of wisdom I encounter. Please feel free to join me. We can read along together. Form a book club. Have discussions. Or you can just wait for me to do the heavy lifting for you and get the condensed version. Either way, I know we’ll have a lot of fun.
Have a quiet day!
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series debunking the introvert myths (Sunday) and introvert cartoons (Wednesday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the new food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.