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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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I felt like she was describing me.

Would you listen to The Introvert Advantage again? Why?

Yes. It's like a manual for my life. I need hear it all again (many times).

What did you learn from The Introvert Advantage that you would use in your daily life?

I learned that I'm not the only one who feels as I do. I can now operate without feeling like an outcast.

Any additional comments?

I've never been exposed to any information so closely tailored to me before. I feel like I've stepped out into the light!

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Jami
  • VICTOR, NY, United States
  • 05-03-17

Introversion Explained!

This book was an excellent resource to learn about the introvert and extrovert personality types. It is well researched, easy to follow and provides tools on how to work with your personality type and deal more effectively with those of the opposite type. I felt like I learned a lot about people in general, and it also helped to explain some of my personality traits and reactions to others. The practical advice on various topics, such as interactions with others, dealing with children of different personality types, and coping strategies, was useful. I had also previously listened to Quiet, and while some of the information presented was similar, the authors approach the topic in two different ways; thus, I wasn't bored and I didn't feel like I had already read the same book. I listened to this on audio, and the narration was well done.

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High-schools should use this great book!

This book made me see that I'm introverted. It is a must read for any introvert or anyone with an introvert in their life. This book truly made me feel more comfortable with myself by understanding why I do things the way I do. Thank you Marti Olsen Laney for taking the time to put this book together!

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 12-22-16

A self-help book helping you understand yourself

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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  • Kate
  • Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada
  • 10-03-16

A general therapy session

As an extrovert myself I found there were lots of good tips in here to understand myself and my introverted students. I feel I've been able to relate better to others since beginning this book.

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At last!

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.

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  • chuck
  • kettering, OH, United States
  • 01-31-14

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

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  • Tony
  • LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
  • 12-17-13

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 9 people found this review helpful

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Wow!

Thank you for helping me understand my introversion tendencies! Lots of helpful hints for everyday life.