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
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 is the best book I've found on introversion! It opened my eyes and I'm living a better life because of it. I can't thank this book and this author enough!
Reading scifi and biographys, hmm
I didn't realize this topic was so deep. It has helped me immensity 😀 I would recommend it to any introvert or people who deal with them. It covers both sides of the coin extrovert and introvert.
Sci-fi, mystery and action-adventure fan
On the temperament continuum I'm pretty much far into the introvert side so it was enlightening to listen to a book that explained why I never enjoyed going to office parities with a lot of noise and people I barely knew. The book essentially explains that it's fine to be an introvert and also goes into detail about how to manage your introvertism so you can fit in to a world full of extroverts without unduly draining your energy. Recommended
This book has changed so much about how I do my life. I discovered I am a very evolved introvert! Spent most of my life figuring out how to cope in the extrovert world. Now I can have compassion and more patients with myself as a result of this book. Thank you Marti Laney!!
I would change the title. She talks about how an introvert has to do all these things so that extroverts will understand them, its hardly an advantage.
At times the content was very clinical, which I found unnecessary. I understand that she was explaining facts about introverts vs. extroverts, but it seemed very dry and didn't fit with the rest of the book.
Some of the examples were redundant. Different situations were cited (work, children, dating) but the advice to deal with all these situations were the same.
I have recommended this book because the information is good but you really have to sift through to get to the core of this book.
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.
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.
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