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The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World Paperback – February 1, 2002
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"Filled with Aha! moments of recognition, Dr. Laney's book will help millions of introverts . . ." -- Paul D. Tieger, co-author of Do What You Are
"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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The book left me feeling like I have major short comings as an introvert and I just need to accept the fact that I'm at a disadvantage.
For one third of the price I thought it would have been worth the purchase.
There is much worthwhile here, but certainly not what I expected.
Clearly, the author wished to give the work a positive title. However, I kept thinking “The Introvert Disadvantage” might be a more accurate one. She points out many of the problems introverts face, along with constructive ways to deal with them. She gives some helpful information, if you find yourself a misunderstood, overlooked, unappreciated, overwhelmed, undervalued, bewildered introvert. Or, if you are an extrovert with the desire to understand the introverts in your life, the book might help. If introversion affects the quality of your relationships, you might want give this book a try.
Also, I found the book to be organized in an odd fashion (which perhaps was the publisher's decision and not the author's). There are lots of little snippets and text boxes thrown in throughout each chapter of the book and, although interesting, I thought these were rather distracting. Instead of supplementing the text, I thought these tidbits detracted from it. The author should know better than anyone that introverts tend to think deeply and can focus quite well, but placing random text boxes that loosely relate into the middle of the larger text can be frustrating and annoying.
The book definitely fits into the “self-help” category and, as such, I found that the author tended to offer some rather pat answers and simple solutions to complex situations and emotions. This book is decent and worth a read, but I don’t think it is the best book out there on the subject.
As I think back over my work life as a secretary/bookkeeper in an open and busy school office, I wonder how I lasted in that position for 30 years. My frequent muttering that "they're sucking the life out of me" makes so much sense to me now because let's face it--they were!!
The book has alleviated lingering guilt about why I didn't enjoy the same things as my husband and some of my friends. I do think as you age, it is much easier to accept who you are. And if you have a solid relationship with your spouse or partner, you both learn to accept and appreciate your differences as time goes. But how wonderful for children and young people to find out at an early age they are "innies" and learn how to manage their energy through their entire lives.