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Table Of Contents

Prelude
Overture
What’s an Innie? Are You One?
Why Are Introverts an Optical Illusion?
The Emerging Brainscape: Born to Be Introverted?
Relationships: Face the Music and Dance
Parenting: Are They Upfrom Their Nap Already?
Working: Hazards from 9 to 5
Three P’s: Personal Pacing, Priorities, andParameters
Extroverting: Shine Your Light into the World
Selected Bibliography and Suggested Reading
Index
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The Introvert Advantage; Making the Most of Your Inner Strengths

The Introvert Advantage; Making the Most of Your Inner Strengths

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At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.After dispelling common myths about introverts-they're not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial--The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation-chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings-can easily become "too much."The Introvert Advantage dispels introverts' belief that something is wrong with them and instead helps them recognize their inner strengths-their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It helps readers understand introversion and shows them how to determine where they fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, offering dozens of tips, including 10 ways to talk less and communicate more, 8 ways to showcase your abilities at work, how to take a child's temperament temperature, and strategies for socializing. Finally, it shows how to not just survive, but thrive-how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.
At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.After dispelling common myths about introverts-they're not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial--The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation-chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings-can easily become "too much."The Introvert Advantage dispels introverts' belief that something is wrong with them and instead helps them recognize their inner strengths-their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It helps readers understand introversion and shows them how to determine where they fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, offering dozens of tips, including 10 ways to talk less and communicate more, 8 ways to showcase your abilities at work, how to take a child's temperament temperature, and strategies for socializing. Finally, it shows how to not just survive, but thrive-how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.

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satyridae reviewed this
Rated 1/5
I'm somewhere between E and I on the spectrum, and I have friends at both extreme ends, so I thought this would be an interesting and valuable book. I hoped it would, more like. But alas, it was not. The author lost me along about the time she started prattling on about "Hap Hits" which are things that increase a person's happiness or energy levels. The very term made me snort derisively, as did much of the rest of the book.

I can see that there's perhaps some valuable information here, buried under a flurry of pop psychobabble and self-quizzlettes, but I kept looking up from this book thinking I was trapped in a waiting room with a stale copy of Cosmopolitan. Superficial, light, feel-good twaddle, that's my verdict. You're good enough, smart enough, and gosh darn it... you're reading a crap self-help book again.

Bah, humbug.
beabatllori reviewed this
Rated 2/5
I still need to figure out whether I'm being unfair to this book or not.
lyndanorth reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is one of the best books I've ever read. It is page after page of "Ah Ha!" moments. It is healing to find that many of the things that frustrate me about myself, and have previously seemed like unfair short comings, are experienced by other introverts. I feel more at home with myself now, more excepting, and happier to just be me. This is an amazing book. If you are an introvert, you really must read this.
bkinetic_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Laney examines the desirable characteristics of introverts from several points of view including an impressive biopsychological perspective. The depth of analysis combined with the easy-to-read prose makes this an exemplary book.
aevaughn reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This book explains how introverts work and interact with others. In addition, it gives many helpful tips on how to function as an introvert and how to interact with the same.
jewels1864 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
As an introvert, it was very comforting to read this book and be able to say "Yes! That's how I feel sometimes!" to many of the characteristics of introverts and to read that there is actually a biological reason for the personality of an introvert. It is comforting knowing that other people experience the same things such as the mind going blank in groups or under pressure, having trouble finding a word when speaking out loud (due to a longer brain pathway that has to be traveled), and not speaking up in meetings/discussions because "in large groups they usually find it hard to both absorb the new information and formulate an opinion about it. They need time away from the meeting to sift and sort the data."The author also includes helpful suggestions for overcoming certain social situations like dating, parties, and work situations that are worth trying and keeping in mind. The book should also be helpful for any introverts trying to write a resume as it helps elucidate the strengths that an introvert has and the contributions they bring to the workplace. What you will not find, however, are suggestions of careers for introverts.
mykl8s reviewed this
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D. (2002)
lindaellen_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book is incredibly useful for introverts, but extroverts can benefit from this book as well. Our world encourages extroverted thought and behaviour when it is perfectly fine to be who we are no matter where we find ourselves on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Those of us who find ourselves to be more introverted find it harder to deal with the extroverted world, and this is precisely the book to show us how to deal with it and get the best out of it.The Introvert Advantage shows how introverts can better manage one's lifestyle and take full advantage of one's little quirks. The described scenarios are easy to relate to while the quotes throughout the book are insightful. Extroverts reading this book can also understand what it is like to be introverted and learn how to better interact with them to get the best out of a relationship, whether that may be a romantic or professional relationship. Friends and family can definitely benefit too. Readers can also get a glimpse at how to interact with an introverted child.I read The Introverted Advantage like a novel a while back, but you can read it from cover to cover or start reading it from a random page. Whether you're introverted or you must interact with one on a daily basis, this book is recommended to help build better relationships. This is a must-read for introverts and those living with them. -There is a quiz in this book. I took it and found myself to be mildly introverted. My best friend on the other hand is very introverted and I'm glad I've read this book. I find I can treat it like a reference book where I can pick it up and read a section that is relevant to a given situation.
dandylioness79 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
In the Introvert Advantage, Laney provides a kind of survival guide for those of us born into the introverted minority. In the first part of the book, Laney describes introversion and presents a neurological hypothesis to explain introverted and extroverted personality types. Personally, I found this section to contain some of the most interesting material in the book. Traits I had struggled with but never associated with introversion, such as a lack of energy compared to most people, turn out to be common among introverts.The second and third parts of the book contain practical advice covering several major facets of life, including relationships, work, and even health. Most of the tips and methods Laney suggests are not original. Her contribution is in always keeping her advice tailored to the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of introverts. Most notably, even in her chapter on the importance of extroverting, Laney never treats introverted traits as character flaws to be cured or overcome. This book focuses on helping introverts create balanced lives while accepting themselves, not on trying to change their basic personality.Like many self-help books, The Introvert Advantage is written in easy prose and broken into brief sections. It is recommended for anyone looking for an accessible and gentle guide to better understanding life as an introvert.
silentq_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
I can give people this book as a manual for understanding me. I wish that I'd found it when I was a teen ager, but even after painfully figuring out mostly how to deal with extroverts without my going nuts, I still found lots of useful tips in here. The most valuable thing was learning that I don't need to feel guilty about saying that I don't have the energy to go to a party, or that I have to leave early. It's okay, that's what I need. Highly recommended for anyone with any level of introversion, and those who care for them.

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