The Successful Introvert: How to Enhance Your Job Search and Advance Your Career
Happy About Books (2008)
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD, for Reader Views (2/09)
I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to review this book by Wendy Gelberg. Although I am an extrovert by nature, my son is an introvert. When around close friends he changes some, but when it comes to work environment, he would rather work alone than deal with the public.
Having the chance to read this book gave me a lot of insight into lives of those who are not as outgoing as a majority of people are. The tips and explanations really helped me realize more about my son and others I know who are not so people-oriented.
The topics in this book range from “Are you introverted or are you shy?” to promoting yourself and cultivating connections. I found the information on introversion vs. shyness to be quite informative- individuals who are introverted get drained from being around a large group of people and often withdraw. I see this in my son; he loves having his friends over, but when it gets too much for him rather than ask them to leave, he goes to his room. The author states that many introverts recharge by getting away and they often process information slower. I always thought that meant procrastination, but now I see it doesn’t.
The author has provided many quotes from individuals who are introverted, as well as given examples of people we know in the news that have these qualities. In her last chapters she tells individuals to embrace introversion.
“The Successful Introvert” by Wendy Gelberg is a must read for those who want to know more about introversion and for the individuals who are introverted.