Book Review: The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World by Jenn Granneman

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Title: The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World

Author: Jenn Granneman

Publication Date: August 1, 2017

Number of Pages: 320

Publisher: Skyhorse

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Synopsis:

An introvert guide and manifesto for all the quiet ones—and the people who love them.

Is there a hidden part of you that no one else sees? Do you have a vivid inner world of thoughts and emotions that your peers and loved ones can’t seem to access? Have you ever been told you’re too “quiet,” “shy,” “boring,” or “awkward”? Are your habits and comfort zones questioned by a society that doesn’t seem to get the real you? If so, you might be an introvert.

On behalf of those who have long been misunderstood, rejected, or ignored, fellow introvert Jenn Granneman writes a compassionate vindication—exploring, discovering, and celebrating the secret inner world of introverts that, only until recently, has begun to peek out and emerge into the larger social narrative. Drawing from scientific research, in-depth interviews with experts and other introverts, and her personal story, Granneman reveals the clockwork behind the introvert’s mind—and why so many people get it wrong initially.

Whether you are a bona fide introvert, an extrovert anxious to learn how we tick, or a curious ambivert, these revelations will answer the questions you’ve always had:
• What’s going on when introverts go quiet?
• What do introvert lovers need to flourish in a relationship?
• How can introverts find their own brand of fulfillment in the workplace?
• Do introverts really have a lot to say—and how do we draw it out?
• How can introverts mine their rich inner worlds of creativity and insight?
• Why might introverts party on a Friday night but stay home alone all Saturday?
• How can introverts speak out to defend their needs?

With other myths debunked and truths revealed, The Secret Lives of Introverts is an empowering manifesto that guides you toward owning your introversion by working with your nature, rather than against it, in a world where you deserve to be heard.

Personal Thoughts:

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is my first non-fiction read of the year! It’s been on my currently reading shelf since January of last year as I didn’t want to rush reading it.

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of self-help books because they just don’t seem to resonate with me the way it does with other readers. But this particular book did it for me because it was written in such a way that I don’t feel like the author is trying to impose their experiences on me as if we are going through the EXACT same thing like what other self-help felt like for me.

This one, on the other hand, felt like a friend — sharing their experiences, giving advices, but still respecting my own experiences and feelings. It didn’t tell me what to do, but helped me understand my introversion without tolerating the negative habits that come with it. It has also helped me realize that being an introvert doesn’t mean being “weird” or alone all the time, it’s just a matter of finding your routine and how to make things work without letting important people and events down.

If you’re an introvert (or an extrovert with an introvert family member, friend, or S/O), read this book. I highly recommend it. ♡

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