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5.0 out of 5 stars YES, But then on to which type of Introvert are you ?, November 2, 2004
This review is from: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World (Paperback)
I like this book. It is an excellent place to start exploring life as an Introvert, or for an Extravert to start trying to understand Introverts. Author Marti Laney sees Introversion as a personality type -- a particular collection or pattern of personality traits. Her 30-question quiz scores you on a continuum from Introverted to Extraverted. Yet a limitation shows up here, in that the Introvert prototype in this book is based on the exact combination of traits that the author says she herself possesses as an Introvert, which is actually just one subtype of Introversion. For example, Jungian personality type approaches talk about 8 subtypes of Introverts -- see David Keirsey's book Please Understand Me II for details. Below I will suggest step 2 in the quest for understanding Introversion, for follow up after reading The Introvert Advantage, by mentioning some books that focus on one or another subtype of Introverts:
Thoughtful--introspective: Solitude by A. Storr
Shy--socially anxious: The Gift of Shyness by A. Avila
Artistic--creative: The Highly Sensitive Person by E. Aron
Worried: The Positive Power of Negative Thinking by J. Norem
Lonely--isolated: Just Your Type by P. Tieger
Loner--alone by preference: Party of One by A. Rufus
Low Energy: High Energy Living by R. Cooper
Literary--observer: Jane Austen, The Complete Novels
Different books for different introverts. As Carl Jung said, each individual is ultimately a unique crystal, but type theories can be helpful for navigating social life.
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Initial post: May 28, 2010 8:03:40 AM PDT
thank you so much for your comment , that was the exact question i was asking, i'm a thoughtful introvert

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 8:50:23 AM PDT
atc2009 says:
Great observations on a big subject, and a good continuation reading list. Thanks very much indeed.

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 8:22:29 PM PST
Ben says:
You suggested reading Please Understand Me II for information about the 8 subtypes of Introverts. I got the book, but I've been unable to find the information. Could you point me in the right direction?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2012 9:47:24 AM PST
CyndyB says:
Myers-Briggs Step II addresses introversion subtypes. I tink you can get the manual at CAPT (Centerr for Application of Psychological Type) or at CPP/Davies-Black (publisher of MBTI)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 10, 2013 3:01:23 PM PDT
Judy says:
Hi Ben,
I like the suggestion about reading Please Understand Me II. When I ran across Please Understand Me (book I) me it helped me find a structure to understand the context that people have viewing and acting in the world -before it was mysterious and chaotic - and I lived by the false assumption we are basically the same. Both PUM I and II have a small test to suggest your MBTI. Both book versions I and II list the introvert types as: IST-J & IST-P, ISF-J & ISF-P, INT-J & INF-P, INF-J & INF-P.

What I am curious about is the reviewer's list of books posted after recommending Please Understand Me II. The titles are not clear enough for me to decipher which introvert type is the subject matter. Can the reviewer add that info next to each book on the list? Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2014 10:24:04 AM PDT
M. LaJoue says:
Judy, You are correct that the original paperback Please Understand Me is easier to use than the second book (II). I do like Susan Cain's 2012 bestselling book Quiet Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking -- she interviewed for her book the psychologist who posted here in 2004 as Bosse de Nage, among many others.

Psychologists in 2014 do not yet have one agreed-upon definition of Introversion and its subtypes. For example, the motives for seeking solitude The Handbook of Solitude: Psychological Perspectives on Social Isolation, Social Withdrawal, and Being Alone are still being explored: anxious vs nonanxious social withdrawal, preference for solitude, aloneness due to social rejection, is solitude sought for intellectual (reflection, reading) or solo activity (gardening, computer projects) reasons? Lots of Introverts are not shy -- but so far this is only partially understood in psychology and society.

So more will be published online and in books and articles about Introversion in coming months and years. And as the original reviewer emphasized "Different books for different introverts. As Carl Jung said, each individual is ultimately a unique crystal, but type theories can be helpful for navigating social life."
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