Some people - a sizeable minority - prefer to avoid the limelight, tend to listen more than they speak, feel alone in large groups, and require lots of private time to restore their energy. Often they feel different, not right, less than. But as Marti Olsen Laney proves, that is far from the truth.
The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, while offering dozens of tips, including eight ways to showcase their abilities at work and strategies for socializing. In short, The Introvert Advantage shows introverts how to take advantage of their special qualities not only to survive in an extrovert-oriented world, but to thrive.
©2002 Marti Olsen Laney (P)2013 HighBridge Company
At last an insightful consideration of why I have felt so out of sync with the rest of the people around me. Great suggestions on how to work on fitting in with people.
As an introvert, I found this book extremely depressing. It sent the message that extroverts are normal, fun party animals who want to be around people all the time and introverts are weird, sloth-like people who only go outside if forced.
I would like less information on how special and delicate I am as an introvert and more information on how to get over my introverted tendencies.
This book left me stressed out and frustrated. At no point did I feel convinced there was any advantage to being an introvert. And most of her advice for dealing with workplace issues would leave my coworkers thinking I was utterly insane. Very disappointed.
I bought this to try to understand introverts better. It started out good citing studies and giving some good general information. Later chapters were unfocused and very boring. She even gets into how an introvert should approach dating. The last half of the book was too subjective to hold my interest.
Narration was fine
Drop the last half to two thirds of the book and it would be a great book.
The idea of introvert and extrovert personalities wasn't new to me, but in the scientific tradition I've been schooled that idea have little or no importance. So I've never really thought about it. This book made me do that. It's not very well written, some of the chapters are actually boring and gave me nothing. But on the whole the book gave me a new perspective on what I already known, some new ways to handle my own life. And that is worth much.
The narration is okay. No more. No less. A book of this kind needs that. So I am glad I listened to it.
This audiobook is well written and well performed. The only reason I gave a 4 star overall is that I didn't always connect with the author's strategies for overcoming "vapor lock". That's no fault of the book, but I think it's a fair heads-up to potential listeners. I'm a 25 year old male, and the author is a 40 something female. This may be why we don't always see eye-to-eye. Though I'm glad she knows how I'm feeling when people become just too much for me to handle
this book had some fascinating facts about introverts. I in was particularly fascinated by the brain functions. I was a little disappointed that the focus seemed to be so much on how impossible it seemed for poor introverts to survive in a world of extroverts. probably since the author is a therapist. there are some of us introverts who never needed therapy, something hinted at from time to time. helpful strategies would be good for an off the wall right brain introverts I guess, especially if the were sliding into the autism spectrum
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
This topic a interesting, though not earth shattering. I am not sure that this book is right for audio.
It is written for a seemingly American audience and I felt left out from time to time as I just didn't know certain places references were made to. The language is very relaxed, which is fine if you are not writing to an international audience. The book contains certain tests and exercises that makes more sense in a printed version than to listen to. Furthermore the author suggested that you dive into the content and only read what is necessary for now and come back later to the book. I find with an audio book you usually listen from start to finish. I therefore listened to parts that were definitely not applicable to me.
It is informative and definitely helpful, though it can be fleshed out. Furthermore it is a bit to "slangish" to my taste.
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