Bah, hum­bug! An in­tro­vert’s party guide

Prac­ti­cal sug­ges­tions make it eas­ier for shy peo­ple dur­ing hol­i­days.

Austin American-Statesman - - LIFE & ARTS - By­he­le­nan­ders han­ders@states­man.com

Ah, the hol­i­days. Con­stant par­ties. Gay ap­parel. Forced fam­ily fun. An in­tro­vert’s night­mare.

“I call it the most ex­tro­verted time of the year,” says au­thor and in­tro­vert Sophia Dembling of Dal­las, whose “The In­tro­vert’s Way: Liv­ing a Quiet Life in a Noisy World” (Peri­gree, $14) just hit book­stores. “I don’t want to check out of it en­tirely, but it can just com­pletely over­whelm you, and then you get crabby.”

Whereas Su­san Cain’s “Quiet: The Power of In­tro­verts in a World That Can’t Stop Talk­ing” is an in­tro­vert’s man­i­festo, “The In­tro­vert’s

Sophia Dembling is coming out of her in­tro­vert shell to pro­mote her book “The In­tro­vert’s Way.”

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