The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World may have a spot on the shelves of introverted, millennial self-help junkies. It is written by INFJ coach and blogger behind introvertspring.com, Michaela Chung and published 2016 by Skyhorse Publishing.
In her work, Michaela explains how extroversion is currently what society considers normal, the status quo which leaves introverts guilty, depleted and self-conscious as they navigate life following the extrovert’s way. She clarifies that in fact, extroversion and introversion are merely two different types of personalities and one is not superior to the other.
The book is in two parts. Part one focuses on the self, the author provides a guide on how to keep one’s energy levels intact. She provides insight about the introvert’s emotions and ways to self-care. In part two, she writes more about how introverts can interact with the world in their own terms, thus “harnessing power” to act with confidence and even date as an introvert, no longer following the extroverted path.
Listening to the audiobook, I had one aha moment after another:
Aha to those times I’ve felt guilty for declining invitations to events and parties!
Aha to my crankiness and distress with the noise of fellow hikers who wanted to take an inordinate amount of photos of Mt. Pulag’s summit! Couldn’t they see the sacred mountain was best enjoyed with peace and quiet?
Aha to why I dislike the phone or don’t respond to messages for days or even weeks! It’s not you, it’s me. I just need to be alone!
Michaela shares similar experiences from her own life and those of other introverts.
Overall, I’d say The Irresistible Introvert makes a good short read. It’s only six hours long as an audiobook. The writer draws from Eastern religion, psychology research and experiences making it both informative and light-hearted.
I haven’t read Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking but have heard her very popuar TED talk when she promoted her book published in 2012, four years before this one. I see how the summaries are similar, I might just read that one next.