According to Kate Scott, a bookstagrammer and strategic web designer serving women business owners and creative entrepreneurs. If you are one of the 30-50% of introverts trying to thrive in an extroverted culture, here are ten books that will give you the tools you need to succeed in your work, social, and love lives.
10th place is Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert Worldby Maureen Marzi Wilson, published in 2016.
Meet Marzi. She’s an introvert who often finds herself in awkward situations. Marzi used to feel strange about her introverted tendencies. Not anymore! Now she knows that there are tons of introverts out there just like her–introverts who enjoy peace and quiet, need time alone to recharge their battery, and who prefer staying in with their pet and a good book to awkward social interactions. Just like Marzi, these introverts can often be found in libraries, at home watching Netflix, brainstorming excuses to miss your next party, or doodling cute cartoons. Being an introvert in an extrovert world isn’t always easy, but it certainly is an adventure.In Introvert Doodles, follow Marzi through all of her most uncomfortable, charming, honest, and hilarious moments that everyone–introvert, extrovert, or somewhere in between–can relate to.
9th place is The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth Buelow, published in 2015.
Yet despite the increased awareness, and the high-profile success of introvert entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos, there is no book that shows introverts how to harness their natural gifts (such as focused listening and in-depth researching) and counteract their weaknesses (such as an aversion to networking and public speaking) in a business setting. Whether starting or growing a business or working within a larger organization, readers will find insights on a wide range of entrepreneurial topics inThe Introvert Entrepreneur from managing fears and expectations and developing a growth mindset to mastering networking, marketing, leadership skills, and community-building informed by interviews with successful introverts who have learned important business lessons the hard way.
8th place is The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D, published in 2002.
At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They’re introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.After dispelling common myths about introverts-they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial–The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation-chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings-can easily become “too much.”
7th place is Quiet Influence by Jennifer B., published in 2013.
ntroverts Do It Quietly Introverts may feel powerless in a world where extroverts seem to rule, but there’s more than one way to have some sway. Jennifer Kahnweiler proves introverts can be highly effective influencers when, instead of trying to act like extroverts, they use their natural strengths to make a difference. Kahnweiler identifies six unique strengths of introverts and includes a Quiet Influence Quotient (QIQ) quiz to measure how well you’re using these six strengths now. Then, through questions, tools, exercises, and powerful real-world examples, you will increase your mastery of these strengths
6th place is The Irresistible Introvert by Michaela Chung, published in 2016.
Within these pages, you’ll discover how to shed the mask of extroversion and reveal a more compelling (and authentic) you. You’ll also learn how to: • Master the inner game of intrigue • Manage your energy for optimal engagement • Create an emotional ecosystem for charisma • Establish introverted intimacy • Cultivate communication skills for quiet types As a “professional” charismatic introvert, author Michaela Chung demonstrates that you no longer have to forcefully push yourself outward into the world against your nature, but can rather magnetize people inward toward the true you. In the process, you’ll learn to embrace your “innie life” and discover potential you never knew you had.
5th place is The Awakened Introvert by Arnie Kozak, published in 2015.
In The Awakened Introvert, mindfulness expert and card-carrying introvert Arnie Kozak provides a comprehensive set of mindfulness and cognitive behavioral tools to help you maximize your introvert strengths (such as rich access to your interior) while minimizing your introvert weaknesses (such as a tendency toward worry and rumination). In the book, you’ll learn powerful strategies to help you monitor your energy; recharge after social interactions; improve social and communication skills; and take advantage of your capacity for quiet reflection, and sweet, sweet solitude.
4th place is Introverts in Love by Sophia Dembling, published in 2015.
Love is tricky for everyone–and different personality types can face their own unique problems. Now the author of The Introvert’s Way offers a guide to romance that takes you through the frequently outgoing world of dating, courting, and relationships, helping you navigate issues that are particular to introverts, from making conversation at parties to the challenges of dating an extrovert.
3rd place is Introvert Power by Laurie Helgoe, PhD, published in 2008.
Psychologist and introvert Laurie Helgoe unveils the genius of introversion. Introverts gain energy and power through reflection and solitude. Our culture, however, is geared toward the extrovert. The pressure to get out there and get happier can lead people to think that an inward orientation is a problem instead of an opportunity. Helgoe shows that the exact opposite is true: introverts can capitalize on this inner source of power. Introvert Power is a blueprint for how introverts can take full advantage of this hidden strength in daily life. Revolutionary and invaluable, Introvert Power includes ideas for how introverts can learn to: •Claim private space •Bring a slower tempo into daily life •Deal effectively with parties, interruptions, and crowds Quiet is might. Solitude is strength.
2nd place is Success as an Introvert for Dummies by Joan Pastor, published in 2013.
Success as an Introvert For Dummies identifies common misunderstandings about introverts and highlights the strengths often found in people associated with this worldview. Success as an Introvert For Dummies examines the traits common to introverts and the benefits they bring to both work and life. You’ll learn: how to boost your confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world; how to understand introversion and where you fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum; tools to improve relationships with colleagues, partners, friends, and children; ways to talk less, communicate more, and showcase your abilities at work; how to deal effectively with parties, interruptions, and crowds; and much more. Offers examples of how introverts can thrive in a world dominated by extroverts Outlines the positive aspects of introverted personality types Provides actionable ways to promote introverted qualities in work and life Success as an Introvert For Dummies is for anyone looking to understand the introvert’s worldview and how they fit into a society dominated by extroverts.
1st place is Quiet by Susan Cain, published in 2012.
Quiet is that book: part page-turner, part cutting edge science, it will change the way you see yourself, other people, and the world.’ Adam Grant, The Wharton School of Business ‘Quiet legitimizes and even celebrates the ‘niche’ that represents half the people in the world. Think Malcolm Gladwell for people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Mark my words, this book will be a bestseller.’ Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment ‘Happiness is . . .Quiet, an extraordinary book that will change for ever the way society views introverts. Superbly researched and deeply insightful, Quiet is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand the gifts of the introverted half of the population.September 21, 2019