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The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World | [Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD]

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    chuck kettering, OH, United States 01-31-14
    chuck kettering, OH, United States 01-31-14
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    "Still wondering what the advantage is"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 12-17-13
    Tony LOUISVILLE, KY, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Too subjective and unfocused"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD again?

    Probably not.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was fine


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Introvert Advantage?

    Drop the last half to two thirds of the book and it would be a great book.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 08-22-13
    Jerker SUNDBYBERG, Sweden 08-22-13
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    "Good introduction, but..."

    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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    A. Bono 12-17-14
    A. Bono 12-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Eye Opening and Great Read for an Extrovert"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book, especially to extroverts. For introverts this book helps show them that they are valuable. For an extrovert, it helps understand how to relate and make the most of relationships with introverts.


    Any additional comments?

    As an extreme extrovert married to an extreme introvert, I have to say this book has really helped me relate better to my spouse. I have also gained a lot of understanding, respect for and ability to work better with introverts. I used to think some people were just plain stupid but now understand what is going on and see how to respect their talents and help them make the most of them.

    The book makes its point about half way through. If you don't go past that, you have probably gained the vast majority of the benefit. The last half of the book helps reinforce the concepts but does get a little tiresome.

    If you are an extrovert and you have trouble dealing with "the quiet ones", this is a must read.

    If you are an introvert struggling with your self worth, importance and respect in an extrovert driven society, I highly recommend it as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Finally, someone understands!"
    Would you listen to The Introvert Advantage again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to it once so far but I need this ingrained in me so I will listen to it often


    Have you listened to any of Tamara Marston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first one


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The tips and tricks to effective communication were excellent, how to maneuver relationships as an introvert was also an eye opener


    Any additional comments?

    I always thought there was something wrong with me. Why couldn't I be like the rest of my family? Everyone is outgoing, very talkative, always seem to come up with great ideas at the drop of a hat but I found I had to struggle to be like everyone else, at one point I thought I had some type of disorder but reading this book has cleared up so much confusion. This book should be used in schools especially those in the discipline of psychology. I think extroverts need to read this to better understand their introverted partners, family and friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Charleston, SC, United States 11-06-14
    Erin Charleston, SC, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Depressing as hell"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anita 09-27-14
    Anita 09-27-14
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    "Could have done without the "dating" guide"
    What did you like best about The Introvert Advantage? What did you like least?

    First part of the book was good but repetitive and there was not enough in-depth discussion of the points she made, so it comes off as shallow and merely an introduction into the topic. I guess it was written for extroverts with shallow or short attention spans. And then to add insult, Dr. Laney adds in a 'dating guide for introverts' - where did that come from?!? I stopped listening after suffering through much of the dating tips.


    Would you recommend The Introvert Advantage to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe for a young reader who needs affirmation about being an introvert, but for those of us who are older and have experienced introversion in real life, its a little shallow and trite.


    Did Tamara Marston do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    N/A


    Do you think The Introvert Advantage needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - she might think about doing another dating guide....lol.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be better described and should definitely warn readers and listeners that the second half is dedicated to helping poor introverts learn how to date. I was very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    hannah jerusalem, Israel 09-03-14
    hannah jerusalem, Israel 09-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Lots of fluff.Get to the point already!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have been listening to this audio for 3 hours.No news yet!
    The author is still describing what in fact an introvert is.
    She goes on to give countless numbers of examples of famous introverts.
    Hey,I know I'm one and i don't need to be told lah di dah di dah.....
    This is one of those self-help books that relies on lots of FLUFF as a filler.
    There are very few helpful tips as to how to use being an introvert to your advantage.
    There are too many of these on the market.
    Stating the obvious and repeating it countless times.........
    A disappointment so far,very annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Drnec Washington DC 08-01-14
    Kim Drnec Washington DC 08-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Could be interesting...but isn't"
    What did you like best about The Introvert Advantage? What did you like least?

    The title, but it didn't really deliver


    Would you be willing to try another book from Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It Is a little simple


    Could you see The Introvert Advantage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's not really that kind of book


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Hopkinton, MA, USA 03-20-14
    Julie Hopkinton, MA, USA 03-20-14 Member Since 2007
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    "What "advantage"?"
    Any additional comments?

    The author made some good points, but makes being an introvert sound like a disability, like a fragile child who has to be treated with kid gloves. "Quiet" by Susan Cain is a much better book on the subject.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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