Psychology Today column by Dr. Laurie Helgoe

Dr. Laurie Helgoe, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, educator and author, with a special interest in the relationship between personality and culture. Dr. Helgoe is an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the Ross University School of Medicine. 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. She is also author of the critically acclaimed book, Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength (Sourcebooks, 2013, 2008), which is published in six 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. Dr. Helgoe also authored the Psychology Today cover story, “Revenge of the Introvert,” wrote 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.


Dr. Helgoe served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, and was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Social Sciences Division Chair at Davis & Elkins College. Dr. 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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Her insights on introversion are featured in reports for The Wall Street Journal. She authored the cover story, “Revenge of the Introverts" for the September-October 2010 issue of Psychology Today. Helgoe has also been profiled or quoted in Parent’s Magazine,, Real Simple Family, Body+Soul Magazine, Seventeen, The Arizona Republic,,, and several others.


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


Helgoe and her husband (an extrovert!) have two sons and reside in Charleston, West Virginia.