Reading Lately: "The Introvert Advantage"
My New Years Resolution was to learn more about myself and grow as a person. One of the ways I've been achieving this is by reading self-help/inspirational books and the first book that kicked off my journey was The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D. I had actually borrowed this book from a friend a year ago and I read maybe the first two chapters and that was it (you know how it goes), but I was determined to finish the book this time. Plus, I needed to return the book to my friend who I'm sure by now is over me (laughs).
I decided to pick up The Introvert Advantage because I consider myself an introvert. At times I am uncomfortable in social situations, talking in public settings and because of this, I would feel alone and misunderstood. Another interesting thing is that my energy would be depleted after being in a social setting and I require a lot of downtime, but after reading the book, I found out that I wasn't alone and that what I feel and have felt was pretty normal for an introvert. I also learned other things like: I'm considered an extroverted introvert, which means I like being in social settings, although they sometimes overwhelm me, it's common to have "brain farts" when I can't think of things to say in a conversation and although we live in an extroverted world, there are many benefits to being an introvert.
I must say that The Introvert Advantage has made me feel more comfortable with who I am and why I do the things I do. If you are an introvert like me, I highly recommend reading this book. It will change the way you view yourself and I would also recommend this book for extroverts because you can learn a thing or two about the introvert in your life.
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