Since discovering I am an introvert, I am always on the lookout for information to help me thrive in a world that does not always value my temperament. I was excited to hear that Jenn Granneman, founder of the Introvert, Dear community, wrote The Secret Life of Introverts. Compared to Quiet by Susan Cain, the The Secret Life of Introverts is lighter on the research and heavier on the practical advice. The Secret Life of Introverts clears up introvert myths, gives lots of relationship advice in addition to work and career pointers, and highlights tips for extroverts to help them understand the introverts they love. Introvert, Dear community stories and survey results as well as examples from Granneman’s own life illustrate the sensible guidance scattered throughout the book. I learned that an introvert hangover is a thing (now I have a word for that overstimulated feeling) and that there may be 4 different types of introverts (is it possible to be three at once?). Best of all, The Secret Life of Introverts reminded me that as an introvert, I need solitude, but solitude isn’t just about me. The reason to guard my solitude is to make sure I get enough of it to be at my best for the people in my life.
Disclosure: I asked for (and received) an advanced reader copy of The Secret Life of Introverts in exchange for my unbiased review.