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The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World Paperback – February 1, 2002
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"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
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Imagine feeling alone in a crowd, preferring a quiet corner to the limelight and feeling overwhelmed by phones, parties and office meetings. Do people often think you are shy, aloof or antisocial? If you are an introvert, you are going to completely relate to a variety of comments that are like fireworks going off in recognition of truth. Introverts can hide their talents and only show them in certain situations.
Through reading this wonderful and often humorous book, you will be assured that nothing is wrong with you. In fact, there is a connection between Introversion and Intelligence.
What is fascinating is how Marti Olsen Laney explains how introverts create energy in the opposite way extroverts do. I'm often drained of all energy after being with people for extended periods of time, but being with a book can set me on fire with creativity and energy. I can handle small groups and connecting with familiar faces can actually energize me, but after three hours, I want to find a more peaceful setting.
This book helped me understand why I have deeper thoughts when I'm by myself than in a group setting. People seem to not know who I am in the "real-world," but online, I have found a place to show my true self. This is apparently because introverts are more comfortable with writing than speaking in public.
Are You an Introvert?
Are you detail oriented yet details in public spaces overwhelm you?
Do you prefer small parties with intimate friends?
Do you avoid crowds?Read more ›
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.
Unlike most writers exploring the subject of introversion-- and who generally go to some lengths to share woeful tales of how "difficult" introversion is, and how it is practically an "illness" or "syndrome" one should be pitied for-- Olsen Laney refreshingly goes into explanations of the neuroscience aspects of Introversion. By showing that "innies" ARE wired a little differently, she effectively removes the "it's all in your imagination" angle many introverts are presented with, on a daily basis. The author also shows how differing biochemistry is behind many of the differences between introverts and extraverts. This, alone, makes the book stand out from previous works on introversion. To her credit, Laney also mostly avoids the common tendency to present a work on introversion in an "us vs them" (extraverts) tone.
The book is divided into three main sections. Part one explores the basics of introversion, with descriptions and examples, as well as self-assessment quizzes. This is also the section that talks about the neuroscience of introversion. Part two covers the challenges facing introverts in a predominantly extraverted world, addressing the areas of relationships, parenting, socializing and work. Part three-- entitled "Creating the 'Just Right' Life"-- is basically about "coping skills" for introverts.Read more ›
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This book changed my life. The view of that I have of myself is so much more positive and I don't struggle as much with feeling that I have to meet the social needs of others. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Caitlin C House
The content in this book is really helping me understand myself more as an introvert. It is a real eye opener and can be helpful for both introverts and those who spend a great... Read morePublished 4 days ago by NurseTurbo
4.5 stars. If this is who you are its kind of eye-opening.
I think every doctor should read this instead of over medicating people.
It's not a disease. Read more
Finally a book about my life that can be understood and explains a lot.Published 21 days ago by Denise D.
Great book, full of information that plainly explains introverts and why we are the way we are. Would recommend it to any introverts looking to learn more.Published 28 days ago by carolina
Great insight to introverts and extroverts and how to relate with each other in any circumstancePublished 1 month ago by Susan stephens
This is an awesome book that is really helping me to better understand myself and the other introverts around me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by smrtcookie
This was a very good book if you are interested in learning hown an introvert differs from an extrovert. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Erin