The Year of the Introvert by Michaela Chung is wholeheartedly pro-introvert, which I thought was fantastic, because so am I.
The book defines introverts as “people who gain energy in solitude and lose energy in stimulating environments.” The author’s stance is that introversion is not a limitation. The tone has a motivational, coaching style as the author encourages you to embrace your authentic self.
The book is organized by calendar date from January to December. Each day comes with a suggestion on ways to explore and embrace introversion. This includes a mix of pearls of wisdom, recommended books, journal reflection questions, and gratitude prompts, along with some stories from her personal experience. There are also monthly “fortune cookies”, for which the author provides six fortunes, and you’re supposed to roll a dice to see which one is yours.
Each month has a theme, including self-love, creativity, love & relationships, unmasking your introversion, loneliness, and energy restoration. At the end of each month, the author encourages a celebration of your accomplishments throughout the month.
Throughout the book, the author points out various strengths and benefits associated with introversion. While some of the challenges that go along with introversion are addressed, including ways to manage them, the focus is primarily on the positive. There are some interesting insights, such as the idea of social energy cycles to capture the ebb and flow of energy introverts have for social situations.
This book is easy to read; the format doesn’t require a lot of concentration, as it’s meant to be read in bite-size pieces. For anyone looking for a little help to embrace their introversion, this book would be a good choice.
The Year of the Introvert is available on Amazon.
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