Whether you’re an introvert or an HSP (or both) or whether you know somebody else who is, these are some of my favorite resources for those who prefer a quieter, simpler lifestyle.
Whether it’s a stereotype of not, I’d say it’s probably true that most introverts and HSPs like to read. It’s definitely true for me anyways. And when I’m interested in a subject, I tend to want to learn everything there is to know about that subject. These books are ones that I’ve found to be very helpful in understanding more about introverts and HSPs.
“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.”
This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities…with quiet strength. Sophia Dembling asserts that the introvert’s lifestyle is not “wrong” or lacking, as society or extroverts would have us believe. Through a combination of personal insights and psychology, The Introvert’s Way helps and encourages introverts to embrace their nature, to respect traits they may have been ashamed of and reframe them as assets.
By honoring what makes them unique, this astute and inspiring book challenges introverts to “own” their introversion, igniting a quiet revolution that will change how they see themselves and how they engage with the world.
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.
Society is finally beginning to recognize the true value of introverts–their observational skills, creativity, and strong focus. If you prefer solitary activities and intimate gatherings to lively outside stimulation,The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge will show you how to harness the power of your disposition and use it to conquer any situation. With this guide, you’ll learn how to:
- Embrace your quiet temperament.
- Engage others effectively.
- Thrive in an extroverted world.
- Promote your unique strengths.
You don’t need to become an outgoing extrovert to be successful. This essential guide will help you change the way you look at yourself and use your personality to win–at home, in social situations, and at work.
Do you have a keen imagination and vivid dreams? Is time alone each day as essential to you as food and water? Are you “too shy” or “too sensitive” according to others? Do noise and confusion quickly overwhelm you? If your answers are yes, you may be a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP).
Most of us feel overstimulated every once in a while, but for the Highly Sensitive Person, it’s a way of life. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Elaine Aron, a psychotherapist, workshop leader and highly sensitive person herself, shows you how to identify this trait in yourself and make the most of it in everyday situations. Drawing on her many years of research and hundreds of interviews, she shows how you can better understand yourself and your trait to create a fuller, richer life.
The Highly Sensitive Child shows how HSCs are born deeply reflective, sensitive to the subtle, and easily overwhelmed. These qualities can make for smart, conscientious, creative children, but with the wrong parenting or schooling, they can become unusually shy or timid, or begin acting out. Few parents and teachers understand where this behavior comes from–and as a result, HSCs are often mislabeled as overly inhibited, fearful, or “fussy,”or classified as “problem children” (and in some cases, misdiagnosed with disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder). But raised with proper understanding and care, HSCs are no more prone to these problems than nonsensitive children and can grow up to be happy, healthy, well-adjusted adults.
This book builds on Elaine Aron’s groundbreaking bestseller The Highly Sensitive Person to offer you proven strategies that help you make your extreme sensitivity an asset in the workplace. You will get guidance on stress management, boundary setting, dealing with abusive coworkers, and more. And you will learn how to experience work in a way that is emotionally gratifying as well as financially rewarding.
Essential oils can be very helpful resources, especially for Highly Sensitive People. Since many HSPs are very sensitive to the synthetic chemicals in cleaning products, beauty products, air fresheners, perfumes, etc. essential oils are a great way to enjoy natural scents that also support the health and well-being of the body.
You can find out more about the benefits of essential oils HERE:
I’ve written several posts at my other blog about the Energy Profiling systems in the Dressing Your Truth program. While it’s not specifically designed for introverts or highly sensitive people, it’s been an incredibly helpful resource for me in learning about my introverted nature and my sensitivity.
The basic idea of the program centers around learning how to dress in such a way that your clothing matches the truth of who you are as a person, but I learned so much more than just clothing and fashion tips. As much fun as I’ve had updating my closet with clothing that matches my unique Type of Beauty, the best part of the program for me was gaining a greater understanding of the way that my combination of energy profiles gives me a double introvert nature. It’s been so helpful for me to understand this about myself.
You can read more about my experience with the program and learn more about the free resources for learning about which of the four Types of Beauty you are in these posts:
- Does Your Clothing Reflect Who You Truly Are? Why Dressing Your Truth Matters
- My Dressing Your Truth Experience as a Type 2 Woman
- How Your Clothing Affects Your Health
- Dressing Your Truth Before and After – One Year Update
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