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The Introvert Advantage Audiobook

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

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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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    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-03-17
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 05-03-17 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-25-17 Member Since 2016
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-22-16
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-22-16 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada 10-03-16
    Kate Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada 10-03-16 Member Since 2016

    I listen mostly on my bike as it's how I commute. I like to listen to a lot of non-fiction but also autobiographic comedies and some novels.

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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 04-26-16
    Patti W. U.P.Michigan 04-26-16 Member Since 2016

    I enjoy reading novels, memoirs, and biographies. Audio books serve me when my eyes are tired and when I am doing mindless chores.

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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
    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.

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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.

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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 9 people found this review helpful
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    Des 05-23-17
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    "awesome...."

    very thought provoking...a second read is in order. Clear and concise...narration very good.
    Thanks for sharing

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