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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (June 8 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755464
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Elizabeth Wagele is the well-known author and cartoonist of three Enneagram books. She is a frequent contributor to "The Enneagram Monthly" and advises parents on Clarence Thompson's Enneagram web site. She has also written movie reviews. A trained musician, her performance of a sonata movement from her origianl work can be heard in the movie, "The Theory of the Leisure Class." Even though she is an introvert, she enjoys playing requests, "Name That Tune", and improvising at parties. She claims that this is much easier for her than making small talk. Playing in a jazz trio helped put her through college. Elizabeth lives with her husband, Gus, in their Berkeley house where they raised their four children.

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The other day, I heard a news anchor on a major TV network disdainfully refer to a bad guy who's been in the news a lot recently as "a recluse and an introverted nut case." Read the first page
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Just My Opinion on Nov. 3 2006
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For anyone who is an introvert or wants to understand introverts this is a must read. In our society with its emphasis on a need to be popular, outgoing and 'on stage' most of the time, those who treasure a more subdued lifestyle will find that this book will give them a great deal of validation. As a introvert herself, the author brings together all the evidence and lots of examples of why being an introvert is a not only acceptable but something to be celebrated. Now when someone encourages you to be less retiring, you will have lots of reasons why your lifestyle is worthwhile and why you don't want to change, thank you very much!

The book look at relationships and how introverts and extroverts interact, parenting, dealing with adolescence, and the movie 'Napoleon Dynamite'. Even the way introverts are mentally 'wired' is different.

A valuable and interesting book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LDR on Feb. 26 2010
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This book has been an enlightening discovery. It explains in detail many aspects of the introverted personality and delves into certain parts of extroversion in an effort to increase understanding of our counterparts. Very interesting and informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sich on Feb. 22 2013
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This book has much great information for both introverts and extroverts. The problem is that the very "campy" and immature illustrations detract from the important content of the book. The illustrations really do undermine the importance of the information.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
"The Happy Introvert" is the Friendliest Book I Have Ever Read Oct. 9 2006
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"The Happy Introvert" is the Friendliest Book I Have Ever Read.

I feel I've made a new friend and the friend is me. I thought I knew who I was but I was being overly influenced by this extraverted culture we're a part of. This book helped me appreciate the positive sides of myself more by pointing out the many potentials we introverts have. And I thank the book for explaining the neurological basis for introversion and extraversion in a clear and interesting way. I've already used some of her suggestions and found them to be very practical.

I had a lot of misconceptions about this subject before I read

"The Happy Introvert." The clever cartoons hit the nail on the head. I can't wait for her next book.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
The Happy Introvert Oct. 16 2006
By Gail Wread - Published on
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I highly recommend The Happy Introvert -- it is a great and useful read. The author has a fresh, lively and down to earth way of looking at what it means to be introverted, Her approach serves so many goals: stimulating the creative process, encouraging introspect and self appreciation, enhancing parenting skills and communication, and furthering our empathic understand and sense of humour for our wonderful differences.

The Happy Introvert is filled with nuggets of wisdom and insight which can only increase the pleasure and appreciation of our good fortune of being born an introvert. And shed light on our life experiences. One example is the difference in "processing time" needed between introverts and extraverts-- illuminating for me the basis of my general frustration in group discussions.

Would that it was required reading for both introverts and extraverts--think of the multitude of miscommunications which could be avoided if each better understood the other's verbal and body language, their needs and world view!!! The many cartoons are a delight, and add a further dimension. I will NEVER again apologize for being introverted.... thank you Ms. Wagele, where ever you are!
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
skip this book Jan. 18 2009
By R. Robinson - Published on
Format: Paperback
There are much more clear, informative, understandable explanations of introversion available on Amazon--this author does not seem able to follow a linear thought or explain concepts in an understandable way. The cartoons are bizarre and usually irrelevant. I think the author was trying so hard to be "wild and crazy" that she never got around to really explaining the concepts involved. She gives a lot of examples, but many aren't credible; she doesn't cite why she classifies people as introverts or extraverts, and there are a lot of quotes of dubious relevance to anything. The book left me befuddled and unenlightened. Order "The Introvert Advantage" instead--it has everything you need to know, and "The Happy Introvert" didn't add anything useful.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A Visual and Intellectual Delight Sept. 16 2006
By Edward F. Mooney - Published on
Format: Paperback
The title tells it all. The verbal sketches are fine and fun, and the drawings, cartoons, are a pure delight. In short, you don't have to have the stamina of someone who reads Proust or Jung to ride the wave of this wonderful exploration of the inner life of those whom the more "out there" types call introverts. And if you're an extrovert, you'll love to open to a great cartoon and share it with the lady behind you in the checkout line -- or the cashier.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great for a Teenager Nov. 29 2009
By Tom K. - Published on
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There is a nice variety of useful information in this book. The light style, drawings and elementary content make it attractive for a teenager or someone who has very limited awareness of personality styles or psychology. Anyone who has completed a personality profile and subsequent discussion ... or ... completed career profiling ... or completed Psychology 101 ... or ... read a half dozen "self help" books will probably not find a great deal of new material here. For someone who is very shy or inexperienced in this area, this is a good, approachable intro to becoming self-aware and accepting yourself for who you are.