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
As an introvert, this book has been really insightful. I have read other books related to the subject. However, this book not only presented new information on the subject I was never aware of, for instance the reason I tend to lose a thought or my mind seems to go blank during overstimulating activities.
This book also goes a step further by providing great ways to cope with overstimulating activities and ways to start and maintain conversation.
This book to me is a must read for an introvert, I intend to go back and take notes from about chapter 7, to help me increase my ability to carry on conversations.
Other note, The authors use of the term "inny" and "outty" to describe either introverts or extroverts respectively had a tendency to annoy me. Otherwise, fully recommended.
The narrator's voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. She delivered the author's message in a way that I felt the author's own voice and authority came through.
One of the most memorable moments was when I realized why I found raising my first born daughter so very challenging. On the continuum, I lean toward introversion. My daughter on the other hand is very extroverted. I wish I had known that way back then.
This book opened my eyes big time! It makes me happy to have this understanding of myself and others! There are very helpful suggestions for helping your children deal with whichever temperament they may have.
I used information I learned from this book today. Someone I like was pressuring me to support a candidate I like but did not have enough information on to make an informed decision to endorse. Because of reading this book, I was able to express the fact that I need more time to "mull over" a decision as important as that one and that I would get back to him in a few days. He didn't get mad or feel put off. I feel so good being armed with this new knowledge. I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE.
Yes, I would recommend it. It helped me understand and feel much better about many aspects of myself and my daughter and husband, all "innies". Helped to give me patience and not feel so worried.
Lots of practical observations that resonate with my everyday life
Yes it did, I just found the narrator's voice a little bit too polished and monotone. But that is probably the innie in me thinking it could have been better.
Not possible, its too long.
A really important read for those who want to have better self understanding and better understanding of their children.
Concepts and use of examples are really interesting. However, the narrator repeatedly put me to sleep with her monotone voice.
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