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The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World


The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

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4/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Aug 7, 2013
ISBN:
9781622312610
Format:
Audiobook

Description

The Introvert Advantage will boost the confidence of the one in four persons who are introverts while teaching them strategies for living successfully in an extrovert world.

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 8 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.

Released:
Aug 7, 2013
ISBN:
9781622312610
Format:
Audiobook


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  • (2/5)
    I still need to figure out whether I'm being unfair to this book or not.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (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.
  • (5/5)
    The world seems filled with people who are outgoing and friendly. For those of us with an introvert personality type, it can seem a little overwhelming.Introversion is often treated as a psychological abnormality, but in fact, it is just another personality type. The brain of an introvert is wired differently, which gives basic advantages as well as the apparent disadvantages.If you suspect you may be an introvert, if you feel more comfortable and energized by spending a quiet evening at home, this book will help you understand yourself better. If you suspect someone you love is an introvert, the book is equally valuable.
  • (5/5)
    I really enjoyed this book, includes some great strategies to apply.
  • (3/5)
    I really enjoyed the main thesis of the book: "introvertism" and "extrovertism" aren't about being shy or outgoing, but rather are manners of describing how a person recharges their energy; whether alone or with other people, respectively. Overall the book was repetitive and geared towards people with very high levels of social anxiety, but it did end up making me feel more comfortable with my own social deficits.
  • (1/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    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.

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  • (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.
  • (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.