Many of us believe that we live in an extro-centric world and that extroverts can’t live with introverts, but what does it actually mean to be an introvert? People wrongly assume that introverted people like to be for themselves and avoiding any social settings. This is not true and there are in fact more introverted people than society might believe. Enjoying your own company and space does not make you into a weirdo and it is not a crime wanting to keep yourself away from public situations.
Whether you think you are an introvert or not, here are 3 transformative books that may help you deal with introversion and give you an understanding of how introverts work and think.
1. The Empathy Exams
The first book we recommend is The Empathy Exams, which is a bold and brilliant book written by the winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Price, Leslie Jamison. She takes the reader through her eye-opening life story as an experienced medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, examining questions from her essay about our basic understanding of others. Asking questions like: How should we care about each other? How should we feel about other people’s pain? How can we read and assume situations? Is empathy just a tool to be tested? The storyline is based on her own illness and bodily injury and will give you a perspective on how introverted people act and think in different situations. This is an excellent book for those that have questions about their reaction, behaviour and consciousness when around others.
2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette
The second book we recommend is Where’d You Go, Bernadette, which is a whip-smart, hysterical dramedy novel written by Maria Semple. Maria Semple brings you a captivating story of a typical mother-daughter relationship where Bernadette suddenly disappears. Bee, the daughter tries to find her mother by compiling email messages, official documents, and secret correspondences. The heart-warming story about the love between them creates a compulsively readable and touching moment that will give you a perspective of the roles that an introverted mother and her daughter play in an absurd world.
3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
The last book on the recommendation list is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. The New York best seller gives you a perspective on how introverts function in the society, daily lives and in social situations. Let yourself be surprised by this empowering and enlightening book that will change the way you look at yourself. You will find useful tips, advice, and suggestions in the book that will change your life and make it easier to fit into a world of extroverted people. Reading this lifechanging book, written by the brilliant Susan Cain will help you deal with everyday situations and help you find your place in the world. It is simply a guide that will prevent you from feeling bad about being introverted and turn it into something positive instead.