Embracing Your Introvert Edge

Embracing Your Introvert Edge

In his new book, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, Arnie Kozak, Ph.D., offers a  treasure trove of valuable information about all things introvert.  He covers topics ranging from the science behind introversion, to introvert relationships to insights on parenting an introverted child. *Disclaimer: Three of my illustrations from this blog are featured in The Introvert Edge.  Therefore, the narcissistic little gremlin in me will be overjoyed if as many people as possible read this book. Kozak begins his book by describing some of the chore characteristics of introversion: “Introverts experience social interactions differently from their extroverted companions. Extroverts are assertive, dominant, gregarious, social and talkers versus introverts who are listeners, thoughtful, prefer small groups to large, prefer writing, and value deep discussion.  Introverts will be more drawn to the interior, imagination, and solitude.” He also makes clear what introversion is not: “Introversion is not a disease, condition, or deficiency. It is a basic dimension of personality. There is nothing wrong with you if you are an introvert, but like a “stranger in a strange land,” you may feel out of place in a culture that is dedicated to extroversion. Understanding what introversion is and what it is not is the first step to embracing the Introvert Edge.” Most importantly, Kozak points out that introverts have something of value to offer the world.  Rather than striving to fulfill the extrovert ideal, it is time for introverts and society as a whole to recognize the Introvert Edge.  Kozak explains: “Introverts are no longer in the shadows.  They have something to offer in business, education, and society.  The notion that...

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