Since discovering that I’m an introvert, I have also discovered that there are many books and articles written on introversion. Not every book is relevant to me but reading up on the topic has helped me to make use and take advantage of my introvert traits in an extrovert’s world.
In particular, there are four authors whom I believe have shaped the discourse of introversion. They are women whose writings have contributed to the individual and collective growth of introverts. Their books cover different aspects of life—personal, relationships, work and career—and empower introverts in our private and professional lives.
When it comes to understanding introversion, Susan Cain is undeniably the one author who has helped to demystify introversion. Her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking”, published in 2012, sold over two million copies worldwide and has been translated into 40 languages.
Her second book “Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts”, published in 2016, is an adaptation of the first for children and teenagers. It makes the distinction between introversion and shyness, and encourages its readers (including parents and teachers) to celebrate the former and overcome the latter.
Many introverts, while reading up on their personality type, would have come across at least one article by Sophia Dembling. She is a regular contributor at Psychology Today (The Introvert’s Corner) and PsychCentral.com (Real World Research).
Her book “Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After”, published in 2015, offers introverts a guide to romance and relationships. It’s said to also be helpful for extroverts learning to understand their introvert partners! If you enjoy her writing, check out her earlier work “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World”.
For those starting a business, this book “The Introvert Entrepreneur: Amplify Your Strengths and Create Success on Your Own Terms” by Beth Buelow is a recommended read. Published in 2015, it shows introverts how to harness our strengths to create a successful business while staying true to our core personality.
Beth Buelow is a professional coach, musician, and entrepreneur. Her podcast “The Introvert Entrepreneur”, launched in 2010, has received more than 1.6 million downloads. In 2018, she started hosting a new podcast “How Can I Say This” to provide tips and advice for real-world communications challenges.
If you’ve ever felt your introvert needs validated by an article on Introvert, Dear, then you need to know its founder, Jenn Granneman. She started Introvert, Dear in 2013 as an anonymous blog. But as it grew in influence, she is now on a mission to let introverts everywhere know that it’s okay to be who they are.
Her book “The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World”, published in 2017, is part of that mission. Written in a friendly, accessible tone, it discusses the differences not just between introvert and extrovert, but also among introverts. She and her husband, Andre Sólo, are currently working on their next book.
Have you read any of these four authors? If so, what did you appreciate about her writing? Who are some other female authors whose writing on introversion you enjoyed?