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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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Really, REALLY appreciate the content of this book

Excellent resource for, as the author points out, one third of the population. Very helpful for realignment of incorrect thinking and being positive about oneself.

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Helped me grasp my introversion, though some coping strategies didn't suit me

This audiobook is well written and well performed. The only reason I gave a 4 star overall is that I didn't always connect with the author's strategies for overcoming "vapor lock". That's no fault of the book, but I think it's a fair heads-up to potential listeners. I'm a 25 year old male, and the author is a 40 something female. This may be why we don't always see eye-to-eye. Though I'm glad she knows how I'm feeling when people become just too much for me to handle

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some good info,a little preschy

this book had some fascinating facts about introverts. I in was particularly fascinated by the brain functions. I was a little disappointed that the focus seemed to be so much on how impossible it seemed for poor introverts to survive in a world of extroverts. probably since the author is a therapist. there are some of us introverts who never needed therapy, something hinted at from time to time. helpful strategies would be good for an off the wall right brain introverts I guess, especially if the were sliding into the autism spectrum

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practical, helpful advice

This was great information to share with my students who struggle with being introverts. I've also found it to be helpful with understanding my family members

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Unbearably dry and boring

The narrator could not have been more robotic nor the subject coverage more dryly approached.

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Valuable Nuggets for Introverts like me

Nicely No. Maybe. Let me think about it. Let me sleep on it. Practicing Yes. Send other family members to events. Or try saying No. I'm not sure yet. So thankful I'm not the only one with mixed feelings.

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Too Much Information

Didn't need to hear all that. The author is thorough and explains personalities well. Well thought out and organized.

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Thank goodness--I understand myself better than years with shrinks

Now I understand myself better than years in therapy--no kidding! This book explained why I always felt odd. Well it could help another 30% of the population.

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Pthththttt!

I was unaware that my introversion was cause for shame and therapy until I started listening to this book. How I ever reached my 50th birthday without throwing myself off a bridge is a complete mystery. Evidently I was ticking timebomb and didn't even realize it. I returned the book before the author convinced me to curl up in the fetal position and refuse food and water.

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Too long and way too repetitive

While I enjoyed the introvert/extrovert tests towards the beginning of the book and the section about introverted kids, I thought the rest of the book was a waste of time. The author kept repeating herself. Moreover, the author made introverts appear frail although this was the exact opposite of her intention.