In my experience, what every true artist wants, really wants, is to be paid.
—  Terry Pratchett  -  “Soul Music”
As an introvert, you can be your own best friend or your worst enemy. The good news is we generally like our own company, a quality that extroverts often envy. We find comfort in solitude and know how to soothe ourselves. Even our willingness to look at ourselves critically is often helpful. But, we can go too far. We can hoard responsibility and overlook the role others play. We can kick ourselves when we’re down. How many times have you felt lousy about something, only to get mad at yourself for feeling lousy?

This body wears crazy well and so unlike a man.
Like well-sewn black lace and pink moscato.

This body lit the votive candles above the bathtub
and forgot. They burned all night. The house still stands.

Small miracle. This body fell asleep and woke up
with a kitchen knife in the bed. Again.

I am off somewhere in a swirl of blue silk
slow and watching this body. My body.

I brought a knife to gunfight, but I am the knife.
I am all blade.

Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength by Laurie A. Helgoe

An incredibly compassionate and empathetic account on introversion, Doctor Laurie A. Helgoe’s Introvert Power is empowering. Helgoe educates her reader on the most important fact: you are not alone. Introverts compose more than half of the population, which is a fact kept in the dark due to the glorification of the extrovert in contemporary society. 

Unlike other book approaches and psychology, Helgoe’s Introvert Power is not a a conventional “self-help” book. She does not treat introversion as a disease one must be cured from; instead she thrives on the importance of acceptance. She does not ask introverts to adapt or deviate from their true self. Helgoe offers solace for disliking parties, large crowds, and meaningless chit chat among many other points. 

Most importantly, Helgoe highlights the introverts desire for meaningful connections and solitude to recharge. Helgoe breaks the stigma and the feelings of guilt introverts have been conditioned to feel since childhood. Introvert Power gives one the opportunity to better comprehend oneself and abolish all feelings of shame. 

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