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The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World Paperback – December 1, 2005
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The plight of the introverted child is to be often misunderstood. Parents, siblings, classmates, teacher, and—most devastatingly—the child himself feel that there's something wrong with him. With The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child, Dr. Marti Olsen Laney brings wisdom and science together to provide parents with an essential guide to raising a successful, well-adjusted innie. It covers the hard-wired introvert temperament; introvert-extrovert family dynamics; navigating school, sports, and social life; and especilly, how to draw out your introvert's hidden gifts, which may include a love of learning, empathy, creativity, and flexibility—virtues easily lost in the bluster of an extroverted world.
Top Customer Reviews
Boy, am I glad I was wrong.
America is an extroverted country. Nearly 75% of the people you have met are extraverts - they get energized by getting it done, getting going, getting together. Zoom zoom zoom. Certainly our media is set up that way, and our success stories are full of it. So, ... 75% of the kids you have met are naturally inclined to do well in the zoom zoom culture.
That leaves out 25% of the kids you have met, kids who cherish simplicity and deep relationships, and who do not go with the fast-paced flow. Introversion is normal - it is not a problem to be corrected, just like we don't try to change a child's left- or right-handedness.
These kids may seem spacey or dreamy, and sometimes they are overlooked by the world. They need lots of downtime to recharge their batteries. For these kids, being in school is like being a rubberband. It's a stretch for them to get on a crowded schoolbus, then getting started on their day in a classroom full of kids is even more of a stretch. All day, they are surrounded by people, stretching, stretching. They are *far* out of their comfort zone, and sometimes, that rubberband snaps.
Their teachers say that they have trouble with social skills, or they may get fixated on one topic or one friend to the exclusion of the others. The teacher may suspect a psychological problem, like ADD. These children may complain of being sleepy, or they may just give up in the middle of the day, completely out of energy. But they are not difficult or diseased or disturbed.Read more ›
I can already see a difference in how my son reacts to me and the world. He is overall happier because I take the time to understand him. I am a teacher and it also helps me take another look at how I relate to my innie students.
If you are confused about your child's quiet behavior, I would definitely recommend this book to you!
BTW, I like that the author uses the term "innie" and "outie."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As an introvert (INFJ) I was fascinated to find "me" on nearly every page! A great resource for teacher or parent. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Dr. Greg
Describes challenges and opportunities in a positive manner.Published 17 months ago by Meredith Speller
Haven't had time to read much of it yet, but seems a bit clinical.Published 24 months ago by Alaska Grandma
I wish I had this book when my daughter was in elementary school. So helpful to understanding introverts. Great book.Published on July 9, 2014 by B. Judge
i purchased this book to help our family understand and learn how to interact with our 11 year old sonPublished on June 13, 2014 by Ruby McHaney