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Psychology Today column by Dr. Laurie Helgoe

Dr. Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, author, and educator, with a special interest in the relationship between personality and culture. She is an Associate Clinical Professor in the doctoral clinical psychology program at Augsburg University and, author of the critically acclaimed book, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength (Sourcebooks, 2013, 2008), which is published in seven languages. Dr. Helgoe advocates for the widespread recognition that introversion is a natural disposition that, when respected, permits individuals to flourish creatively, work productively, and form enduring and meaningful relationships. Her newest book, Fragile Bully: Understanding Our Destructive Affair with Narcissism in the Age of Trump (Diversion Books, March 12, 2019), explores the relationship between narcissism and American political and interpersonal discourse.


In addition to her books spanning topics from personality to relationships, anxiety, and parenting, she contributes frequently to print media and is cohost of the podcast The Incompatibles. She wrote the  Psychology Today cover story, “Revenge of the Introvert,” authored an expert contribution for the textbook, Contemporary Organizational Behavior in Action (Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2016), and has been quoted in several national and international publications including the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.


Prior to her Augsburg appointment, Dr. Helgoe served as a Behavioral Sciences faculty at Ross University School of Medicine. There, she founded and built a school-wide mind-body medicine program for students and engaged both faculty and students in changing the culture of burnout in medical education. Helgoe authors a blog for entitled Introvert Power: Food for the Inner Life. She connects with readers through the Introvert Power and Fragile Bully pages on Facebook. 


Dr. Helgoe is also a professional oil painter. View her creations in this site's gallery .


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Dr. Helgoe's insights are featured in reports for The Wall Street Journal, and she serves as an expert for Well+Good Media. She authored the cover story, “Revenge of the Introverts" for the September-October 2010 issue of Psychology Today, and has contributed to print and digital media such as Parent’s Magazine,,, Real Simple Family, Oprah.comBody+Soul Magazine, Seventeen, The Arizona, and


Helgoe has been a television guest and commentator on affiliates for ABC, NBC, and CBS, and has been interviewed dozens of times on radio stations and podcasts nationwide. She is a frequent invited keynote speaker for professional and educational conferences. Her books include: Fragile Bully; Introvert Power, recipient of a Publishers Weekly starred review; The Anxiety Answer Book; The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Raising Boys;  The Boomer’s Guide to Dating (Again); and The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to Breaking Up.


Helgoe and her husband (an extrovert!) reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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