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
I enjoyed this book immensely! As an "innie", I gained tremendous insight about myself and about "outies". I appreciated the advice about how to interact productively with the extroverts at work where I spend most of my time. This book equipped me for coping with individuals who are different from myself. An excellent and soothing reader!!
This book has been a tremendous help in reminding me of the awkwardness of being a young introvert. I remember discovering this personality label in my twenties, but I don't think that there was the research about how that plays out in life that Dr. Marti Olsen has studied and has eloquently detailed in her book. Having aged, thankfully my introverted "thinking" self has helped me gain confidence to live in my own skin. I have especially appreciated the tools that she offers to help those just learning about their personality to navigate life as an introvert. I think my family of five are all introverts at different levels; I am highly recommending this book to my kids to encourage them to see the gift being introverted is. Dr. Olsen is a great cheer leader for "innies", I am grateful to how she shares the relief her clients have had in finally discovering there isn't something wrong with them, it's just their hard-wired nature and that we bring something special and very good to our world. Great read for introverts and extroverts in order to gain understanding of each other and live side by side!
There is a section on identifying your kids personality and how to help introverted children...I wish I'd had this read as a young parent, it may have helped me be a more sensitive parent to my introverted kids.
I enjoyed the book and it provided valuable insight to myself. Of course not all.aspects were applicable to my personality because people are so amazingly complex, but generally this book pegged introverts. I especially appreciated howMarti explained that introvert doesn't mean shy; an important distinction.
I might recommend the book if someone had little previous knowledge about introversion and extroversion as well as their temperament. It provides a lot of information about each and the differences. However, it doesn't provide a lot of insightful information about introverts dealing with extroverts or as the title suggests "advantages".
Maybe it's the subject matter, but this was a sleeper. I am an introvert, and for some reason I thought this book would provide insight on better understanding both introverts and extroverts. It was too basic and not at all useful or interesting to me.
this book would have been very beneficial earlier in my life. I hope to put the information from this book to good use in my life going forward.. Recommend this book to anyone that remotely think they are an introvert.
The author brings up many great points about introverts vs extroverts. If you haven't delved into this topic before, I would recommend that you check this book out. If you have already researched this, then you probably won't learn a lot more than you already know.
This book has given me so much insight and relief in my life. I thought for sure I had something wrong with me. Anytime I'm in a crowd I tend to get very overwhelmed by all of the stimulation and want to leave as soon as I get there. I now have a better understanding of what to do to keep myself from having these issue. I highly recommended this book to anyone with social anxiety. It has helped me and may help you as well.
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