Katie Vaz’s book, “The Escape Manual for Introverts” is a lifesaver for introverts. It has a list of precarious scenarios in which an unsuspecting or unwilling introvert might get sucked in to some sort of social setting and offers the introvert a bag of tricks, i.e. excuses to get out of almost anything.
This funny “guide” is filled with cute pictures and illustrations to help get her point across. Now, don’t get me wrong, just because I am an introvert, that doesn’t mean we can’t hang out some time. What it means is that I need to have the right amount of energy and feel comfortable enough with the situation to make the endeavor.
I love the opening page’s quote: “Just because I don’t want to go doesn’t mean that I don’t like you.” I think this is where many hurt comes in from extroverts who just want to be with their (introverted) friends, but said friend doesn’t have the capacity to indulge him or her.
So if you are that extrovert, don’t take it personal. Respect your friend’s boundaries and “no,” even if you are disappointed. We still want to be friends. Tonight just isn’t the best time for us 😉
This handy guide has lots of great insight to help the introvert let his extroverted friend down gently and still preserve the friendship. Win-Win!
I received this eBook free of charge from Andrews McMeel Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I did not receive any fiscal compensation from either company for this review and the opinions expressed herein are entirely my own.