The Introvert Advantage

The Introvert Advantage

How to Thrive in An Extrovert World

Paperback - 2002
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An insightful, empowering guide to making the most of your hidden strengths.

Are you energized by spending time alone? In meetings, do you need to be asked for your opinions and ideas? Do you tend to notice details that other people miss? Is your ideal celebration a small get-together rather than a big party? Do you often feel like a tortoise surrounded by hares?

The good news is, you're an introvert. The better news is that by celebrating the inner strengths and uniqueness of being introverted, The Introvert Advantage shows introverts how to work with instead of against their temperament to enjoy a well-lived life. Covering relationships, parenting--including parenting an introverted child--socializing, and the workplace, here are coping strategies, tactics for managing energy, and hundreds of valuable tips for not only surviving but truly thriving in an extrovert world.

"Filled with Aha! moments of recognition, Dr. Laney's book will help millions of introverts understand why they are misunderstood, learn to appreciate who they are, and develop a just-right life in a world where extroverts once ruled." --Paul D. Tieger, coauthor of Do What You Are

"In a world of shock jocks, screaming rock stars, and sensational journalism, this book dispels the myth that only the loud and flamboyant get ahead. Its clear, step-by-step advice will help introverts recognize and capitalize on their unique strengths." --Dr. Bernardo J. Carducci, author of Shyness: A Bold New Approach

Publisher: New York : Workman Pub., c2002.
ISBN: 9780761123699
Characteristics: 330 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm.


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Nov 24, 2014

Although our culture clearly has a bias against introversion (compare dictionary definitions of introversion and extroversion) author Marti Olsen Laney argues that introverts are not dysfunctional extroverts.

There are real physiological differences between the two, including differing neural pathways and neurotransmitters.

She also distinguishes introversion from shyness, and argues that introverts are not by definition anti-social.

Because extroverts outnumber introverts 3:1, our society is geared towards that temperament, and introverts can experience shame in trying to unsuccessfully live their lives in a way they are simply not designed to.

Introverts, Laney argues, are like tulips. “Given the right conditions, tulips are hardy and bloom longer than many other flowers. But they won’t bloom at all if conditions are inhospitable. Introverts are like that, too.” And that’s nothing to be ashamed of. “Because of the way we are put together, we require a particular kind of care and feeding. We need to harness our energy, get the right rhythm, and implement our objectives while protecting our internal resources.”

KathyTrithardt Nov 29, 2013

Hey everyone, I’m Kathy, and I’m a geek. I’m a complete nerd and I’m proud of it. I am a part of many fandoms: different authors, vlogs, television shows, web series and movies. I just really enjoy fiction - it is one of my favourite things in the entire world.

You may wonder why I put that information in this review/comment. The reason is I left a printed copy of a comedy bit I was working on in the front cover of The Introvert Advantage when I returned it a couple days ago, and those are the opening lines to it. If you found it, please don't share it around (but go ahead and read it, as I am sure you are very curious now), as it is something I am still working on and will post shortly after Christmas on my blog.

MrDrProfessorPatrick Nov 24, 2013

All of the good stuff is at the beginning of the book. As it goes on, the author (like many before) begins to discuss introversion as if it is a medical problem or a disorder. I couldn't finish it and I definitely won't be giving it another try.

May 29, 2013

The first two sections of this book were amazing-- full of those "Aha!" moments that it advertises. I learned a lot about both myself and my friends, most of which are extroverts. There's even a section I wish my parents had read when I was still a child!

However, I found it extremely difficult to get through the last section of the book. To me, it seemed to drag on and made introversion seem like a handicap or disability that had to be dealt with by going slow and taking deep breaths. I thought this book was supposed to be about the advantages of being an introvert!

May 23, 2013

Helped me understand my need to be alone! Also explains why I consider myself an introvert while others would say extrovert. Everyone is variable it is more where you get your energy from - alone time or groups of people. An interesting read.

Feb 23, 2013

Dec 19, 2012

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XXPHAROSXX Jul 25, 2012

Living in an extroverted world can be difficult for an introvert. Especially when the general population has no clue what an introvert is.

Marti Olsen Laney gives strategic skills to glide through the world. Filled with scientific proof on brain chemistry, you'll realize you're very normal and severely misunderstood.

Read this book and take back your power!

Jun 03, 2011

Introverts aren't what you think! They aren't just a recluse. I certainly am not but am very much an introvert. I got a lot of great tips out of this book. There is a section on the biology/physiology behind extroverts vs introverts. I found this very fascinating AND broken down in the dummies version. This book is read-friendly and enjoyable.
I did not like the last section as it was more application of what was already learned and felt like a repeat of other things I had read elsewhere. I also noticed the editing wasn't quite as thorough in the last section. WITH THAT SAID... a must read!

alt1977 Feb 25, 2010

A "must read" for anyone who considers themselves an Introvert. You'll find some things you naturally do or avoid are common Introverted traits. An excellent book!

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