Let’s face it – I immerse myself in study. I can’t help it. Life-long learner here. And I’ve been absorbed in learning about introversion for several years. Since I keep my finger on the pulse of introversion, I thought it would be useful to share some of the people I respect and even revere. None of these links are affiliate links. I just like and admire these people.
- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
The book that started a revolution, normalized introversion and started a conversation in schools, workplaces, and homes. If you haven’t seen her TED talk, you simply must.
- Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain
Empowerment for introverted kids and teens plus advice for parents, teachers, and caring adults.
- The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney
An affirming look at introverts’ internal processing systems with relationship insights, parenting suggestions, and a chapter on work.
- Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World by Marzi Wilson
A comic book that beautifully captures introverts’ experiences. Wonderful gift for all ages along with the companion book, The Introvert Activity Book. I follow her on Instagram to see her new comics.
- Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life by INFJoe
What can I say? I’m a sucker for cartoons. Plus, the title – the title is spot on!
- Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.
Some inspiration about introversion and stretching beyond our comfort zones. Also, great affirmation for women and girls about saying “yes!” to yourself rather than continuing to please others or follow a script that our culture hands you. Great gift for teens and young adults.
- The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer.
There’s a chapter in this book about being an introvert that is fabulous. Amy is a foul-mouthed, brazen comic who presents as an extreme extrovert, so she busts open some stereotypes with this book chapter. Must be willing to tolerate language that some people might find offensive. Especially good for teens and young adults who identify as introverts.
- Quiet Revolution
Susan Cain’s website, which she created in the aftermath of her book’s success. Sections on work, personal relationships, and parenting.
- Introvert Dear
A blog that focuses on introversion and HSPs (highly sensitive people)
I’m realizing that almost everyone on this list is a woman. Where are the introverted men? I think it’s tough for men to self-identify as introverts in a public way, but it’s so important. That’s why I want to point you to Jonathan Fields’ Good Life Project. He interviews people about their journeys, often to remarkable professions, and he speaks frequently about his own introversion on the podcast during soulful, deep conversations.
- Vanessa Van Edwards’ YouTube Channel: Vanessa wrote Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People, and her practical tips about networking and connecting with people are geared towards introverts.
- There are some great resources for introverted entrepreneurs on Facebook, including Val Nelson‘s The Introvert Clubhouse and Beth Buelow’s The Introvert Entrepreneur (Beth also has a book and a podcast by the same name).
- The Introvert Chick (be ready for snark – but so funny and spot on!) and Define Introvert are my some of my favorite Instragram feeds. I also follow Glennon Doyle, Brene Brown, and Cheryl Strayed on Insta because 1) they’re teaching and sharing concepts that resonate deeply with me and 2) they’ve spoken on several occasions about their own introversion and how they take care of themselves as introverts while maintaining a public presence.
- Michaela Chung is funny and poignant at the same time on Twitter. The Strong Introvert has a great motto: “My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.” I often search on #introvert when I’m on Twitter (and other socila platforms) to see who’s contributing to the conversation about introversion.
*Most of the people on this list post across multiple social media platforms – I’m just mentioning the ones where I enjoy them the most. Find them in the spots where you tend to be online.
Connect with me on socia, too. I post both my own articles and posts and articles from writers and other introverts that I find along my own journey.
- Hang out with me on my Facebook page where I post career and introvert-related articles and reflections. I also have a small closed Facebook group where I post things that are more conversational than on my FB business page. Ask to join the group, and I’ll approve you.
- Find me on Instagram, although mostly I post pictures of my foster kittens and the river behind my house (I’m a homebody – not much travel from me).
- I’m an open networker on LinkedIn, so send me an invitation to connect there.
- Twitter is probably the platform that I use the least, but I have a profile there.
A recent Insta post from Glennon Doyle that I adore (I shared this far and wide when I first saw it, so it’s a taste of the types of things that capture my interest):
This. This is why I can’t invite people over cause what if they stay for longer than twenty minutes??? What will happen???? And some people stay at parties past NINE? What kind of heathens stay up past nine?? Nothing good happens after 830. Nothing. Everyone should just go to sleep already and lay in bed feeling so excited that when you open your eyes It will be coffee time again. 7:30 is bras off contacts out couch time, people. Don’t be a hero.