10 Life-Changing Books for Introverts In 2020





Being an introvert can easily be misunderstood by others. Usually, people would mistake being quiet for being shy, which is rarely the case when it comes to introverts. Below are some great books that have been written about introversion for you to understand yourself better, if you’re an introvert or to understand introverts around you if you’re not one :

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1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain



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In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.


Reviews | “Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts…Quiet should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem.” Fortune.com

“Rich, intelligent...enlightening.” —Wall Street Journal

“An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.” —Kirkus, Starred Review

“Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.” —Publishers Weekly




2. Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
by Laurie Helgoe, PhD

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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

Reviews | "It changed my life. No kidding. Dr. Helgoe's book opened the door to discovery that has helped free me be myself." - Sophia Dembling, author of The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World

"Like a modern-day Thoreau, psychologist Laurie Helgoe leads us to a tranquil Walden Pond within our soul, and shows us the blessings of solitude we can find there." - Stephen Bertman, author of The Eight Pillars of Greek Wisdom

"I love Laurie Helgoe's book. I just wish I'd had it when I was growing up; it would have reduced the number of decades it took me to treasure my own introversion. Now as I read each page I'm saying "Yes!"" - Josephine Humphreys, novelist and winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature

3. Success as an Introvert for Dummies
by Joan Pastor

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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


4. Introverts in Love: The Quiet Way to Happily Ever After
by Sophia Dembling



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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.


Reviews | “This book is for anyone who has ever wrestled with the conflict between the wish to stay home and the desire to go out and find a partner… a book about the human capacity for love.” —Susan Cain, author of the New York Times bestseller Quiet

“A terrific, affirming treatise on the many gifts an introvert brings to a relationship and how best to let them glow.” —Library Journal

“Dembling (The Introvert’s Way) tackles the pitfalls of dating and relationships for the introspective and sometimes socially awkward. With introversion reaching buzzword status, this book may attract an audience.” —Publishers Weekly


5. The Introvert Activity Book: Draw It, Make It, Write It (Because You’d Never Say It Out Loud)
by Maureen Marzi Wilson


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From the author of Introvert Doodles comes an illustrated, interactive book for introverts of all ages to express themselves, find their voices, and discover their own creative talents!

Conventional wisdom suggests that people who don’t speak up have nothing to say, but introverts simply prefer to express themselves differently. Introverts are known for their creativity, their need for thoughtful reflection, and their preference for solitary activities, such as drawing and writing. The Introvert Activity Book offers doodle ideas, lists, paper-craft projects, writing prompts, and so much more—the reader becomes the author!


Reviews | "Designed to occupy your mind while making you laugh, this book is perfect for all your introverted thoughts. You know, the ones you can’t say out loud. With over 100 activities, you’ll never be bored again. The spiral-bound activity book is perfect for tweens, teens and adults. And with the holidays right around the corner, this book works as a stocking stuffer." - The Daily Dot

"Calling all introverts! Discover your voice and the best way to express yourself with this fun book filled with writing prompts, doodle ideas, paper-craft projects, and more. The go-to Christmas gift for the introverts in your life." -HelloGiggles

"Maureen ‘Marzi’ Wilson's activity book caters to the inner workings of an introverted mind in the most amusing ways. Each page features soundbites of humor that only a true introvert could understand, with solitary activities like drawing, writing, and doodles that encourage creativity to come alive." -Elite Daily

"A thoughtful gift idea for the reflective introvert in your life." -Bustle.com



6. The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World
by Jenn Granneman

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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.



Reviews | “Jenn Granneman is among the most sensitive and thoughtful introvert authors today . . . The Secret Lives of Introverts brings to life the experiences every introvert shares and helps us embrace our quiet nature in a very loud world.” —Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking and creator of Quiet Revolution

“Introverts love secrets, and here, Jenn Granneman opens us to a rich world of them—secrets about what introverts think, desire, and feel; how our brains operate; why we get hangovers without drinking; how to navigate love and work; and what liberates us. An intimate line to the wisdom of introverts—without the awkward introduction and small talk.” —Laurie Helgoe, PhD, author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength

"Reading Jenn Granneman’s The Secret Lives of Introverts is like sitting on a stoop with a friend who understands the stigmas you face as an introvert. She offers you support and gentle guidance to navigate this noisy world. In this highly relatable book, Granneman covers topics like: how to manage the overstimulation of socializing, why solitude is crucial to an introvert’s well-being, and how introverts can succeed in their jobs and relationships. . . . Granneman combines compelling anecdotes and the latest research for a fact-filled and enjoyable read, succeeding at her mission to let introverts everywhere know that it’s okay to be who they are." —Nancy Ancowitz, presentation and career coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts



7. The Awakened Introvert
by Arnie Kozak

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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.


Reviews | “Mindfulness is made for introverts. In The Awakened Introvert, Arnie Kozak, PhD, provides you with simple steps to help you tap into your inner strengths and quiet the noise between your ears. You’ll emerge with ninja-like powers to tap into the world’s leading expert on ‘all things you.’ Quick tip: It starts with an inhale. You know what to do next. Then, without missing a beat, read Kozak’s book.” ―Nancy Ancowitz, business communication coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts

“The Awakened Introvert is the perfect answer to an introvert’s need for solitude and sanctuary in a noisy world. Kozak’s writing reflects the clarity and flow that introverts can achieve through the mindfulness exercises he weaves throughout the book. I highly recommend The Awakened Introvert for every introvert who wants to explore their inner world and emerge feeling more self-aware and at peace with who they are.” ―Michaela Chung, creator of Introvert Spring

“How can we be true to our deepest nature with so many claims on our time, senses, and energy? In The Awakened Introvert, psychologist and author Arnie Kozak offers a road map based on the teachings and practices of mindfulness that helps us stay connected to inner clarity, creativity, and peace in the midst of daily living.” ―Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge



8. The Irresistible Introvert
by Michaela Chung



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The Irresistible Introvert embodies the spirit of this revival and breaks down the myth that charisma is reserved for extroverts only. This mini manifesto shows introverts how to master the art of quiet magnetism in a noisy world—no gregariousness required! 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


Reviews | "Chung celebrates the introvert’s natural magnetism, loyalty, intuition, and empathy … With public interest in introversion currently on the upswing, this is a useful all-purpose guide, particularly for younger readers who have not had the life experience to develop these skills on their own." —Publishers Weekly

"A great morale-booster for introverts." —Library Journal

“Michaela Chung is the consummate matchmaker, setting you up to fall in love with your introverted nature.” —Laurie Helgoe, PhD, author of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength.

"[Chung's] writing style . . . is as irresistible as the title promises. She truly is 'fluent in introvert speak.' If you find yourself held hostage by the simply misunderstood label 'introvert,' this book will heal that wound." —Patricia Weber, speaker, coach, and author of Communication Toolkit for Introverts



9. The Introvert Advantage
by Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.



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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."The Introvert Advantage dispels introverts' belief that something is wrong with them and instead helps them recognize their inner strengths-their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It helps readers understand introversion and shows them how to determine where they fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, offering dozens of tips, including 10 ways to talk less and communicate more, 8 ways to showcase your abilities at work, how to take a child's temperament temperature, and strategies for socializing. Finally, it shows how to not just survive, but thrive-how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.


Reviews | "Filled with Aha! moments of recognition, Dr. Laney's book will help millions of introverts . . ." -- Paul D. Tieger, co-author of Do What You Are

"Its clear, step-by-step advice will help introverts recognize and capitalize on their unique strengths." -- Dr. Bernardo J. Carducci, author of Shyness: A Bold New Approach



10. Quiet Influence
by Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, PhD



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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.

Reviews | “Jennifer Kahnweiler shows you how the masters of the art of quiet are able to get more done, be more creative, and sustain more energy than those who often live and work at a frantic, out-loud, always-on pace. The lessons in Quiet Influence will increase your capacity to have a profound effect on the actions and thoughts of others.” —Jim Kouzes, coauthor of The Leadership Challenge and Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

“Quiet Influence is a great resource for introverts who want to learn how to use their strengths to maximize their effectiveness in the workplace. But wait—it’s also a wonderful handbook for extroverts (like me) who want to understand more about what makes their less-gregarious friends and colleagues tick.”—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and Great Leaders Grow

“Jennifer Kahnweiler shows millions of introverts how to harness the strengths they already have. It is the must-have guide to greater insight and impact that we’ve been waiting for.”—Dudley White, Senior Vice President, Professional Services, Equifax

"This extraordinary book shows that you don't have to raise your volume to have a voice."— Susan Cain, author of the New York Times Bestseller Quiet



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