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The Introvert Advantage (How To Thrive In An Extrovert World) [Paperback]

Marti Olsen Lany
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16 May 2002
One out of every four people feels overwhelmed at the thought of a business meeting, dreads walking into a party, hates having to make small talk with strangers, feels alone in a crowd - and always prefers to sit on the sidelines and observe. They're introverts, and now comes the book to buttress their resolve and help them find understanding and success living in an extrovert world. After dispelling common myths about introverts - they're not antisocial, they're not necessarily shy or aloof - BEING AN INTROVERT IN AN EXTROVERT WORLD explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation can easily become "too much" - chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings can all be overwhelming, sending introverts fleeing for a quiet corner.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing (16 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761123695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761123699
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.6 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars exactly what IS the advantage? 16 Nov 2011
By sanyata
The book is extremely voluminous in its description of the "introverted personality" and thus is likely to describe things -commonalities- that most people's will recognize as part of their own personalities whether they are introverted o extroverted. If you are reading the book specifically to understand introversion better, it is therefore important to note that you will not necessarily gain much by reading The Introvert Advantage.

Conversely, I will recommend the book to people with low self-esteem. While reading the book, you will never feel that it is too technical or advanced for you, and the book manages to really describe make introspection into something extremely positive, providing the reading with numerous assurances along the lines of "there is nothing wrong with being quiet." As mentioned before, the text is peppered with numerous examples from life situations and it even features personal development exercises.

A final positive thing about the book is that it indirectly introduces the part of psychology that deals with personality and typology. The reader can be told that other people do not necessarily think and act like one yourself and perhaps prime the reader for a further exploration of psychological type. Yet the book does provide some food for thought and hopefully the reader will be able to come away from it with a slightly more nuanced picture of other people and with the courage to explore the diverse literature that exists within the field of typology and psychological type.

But what was actually the advantage of being an introvert? Marti Olsen Laney neglects to give us an answer and lets the question remain, hanging in the ether.
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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Introverts should read this book 31 Aug 2007
I was almost put off from buying this book by the one solitary star and review on this page. My other introverted friends reccomended me the book however and, feeling in need of a self esteem booster about my introverted nature, I decided to buy the book. One of the best non-fiction books I'll ever own.

I believe that every introvert should give this a read and treat it like a Bible, especially those who are unsure about their own introversion, that do not understand it fully, or feel it is like some sort of mental illness. This book will help you understand yourself and make you feel good about yourself. It does have a lot of helpful tips to those new to the subject; but those confident in their introversion may want to read more advanced books.

Just like the back cover says, it really is filled with a lot of "A-ha!" moments. I would reccomend it to any introvert!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it 15 Jan 2012
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I'm an introvert, and have never seen it a downside. I know our Americanised, Hollywood-inspired society is critical of introverts, but I've never fallen into the trap of "groupthink". I've always maintained that the world's best philosophers, writers, composers and scientists were introverts - people with the capability to "think outside the box". So why did I bother buying the book? Because I wanted someone else to back up my argument that introverts really are the "intellectual elite" and that there's nothing at all inferior about or wrong with us. I wanted it, I got it!

There was a lot I didn't know before reading this book. For example, the author explains the neurological differences between intro and extroverts - extroverts relying on the well-known neurotransmitter dopamine, and introverts relying on the lesser-known acetrycholine. She also explains that there are structural differences in our brains and that introverts use their frontal lobes more than extroverts, a logical explanation for our careful planning and "think before you speak" attitude. The author also highlights bias in studies that have been designed to "prove" that extroverts are happier. She points out that the studies (presumably designed by extroverts) only asked questions such as "I like to be with others" and "I'm fun to be with" rather than how introverts would define happiness - "I'm comfortable in my own skin", "I'm free to pursue my own path".

I gave the book four, rather than five stars because I didn't really find the "advice" part useful. She does give some useful advice, such as polite excuses for avoiding company, but I found other bits patronising such as in the "Introvert Survival Kit" at the end of the book, where she instructs us to carry umbarellas "in case the sun bothers you" and a colourful ski headband "in case the wind hurts your ears". I'm an academic, not a hitchhiker!

Other than my last criticism, the book was very well-written. Much recommended!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All parents should read this! 27 Aug 2008
An excellent book on the temperament of introverts. It helped me so much in understanding and accepting my nature: anyone constantly feeling tired in a party or when chatting with a group of people should read this book to understand that you're as normal as anyone, just that your energy level is used up quickly in high-stimulated environment. Parents ought to read this to understand their introverts children so as not to force them to be who they are not.

After reading this book, I recommend "Dare To Connect" for further personal development.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening, eye-opening, validating! 21 Oct 2008
I got so much out of reading this book. I picked it up on a whim, wondering what the advantage of an introvert might be, suspecting that I was one. Goodness me, I had no idea I was so introverted, or how much of my life it really impacted. Now, all these little nonsensical things about myself throughout my life suddenly have an explanation, and more importantly I feel validated for being me! I got 26 out of 30 on the book's questionaire, so I can proudly call myself an introvert. Marti helped me understand also that, being left-brained, I'm quite happy living an introverted life, whereas my sister, a right-brained introvert, struggles with the limitations. It was also surprising to find that my husband is fairly extroverted and the relationships section has been really helpful for me to understand where he's coming from and how we can get along better.

If you even slightly suspect that you are an introvert I highly recommend reading this book. You will feel much better about yourself, even if you didn't feel badly to begin with!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not entirely relevant to all Introverts
I found this book to be both encouraging and frustrating. It's good to see Introverts championed, and there are some interesting examples of possible Introvert problems along with... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
It really helped me understand what it is to be introverted. There are many useful tips to help me get the most out of everyday.
Published 3 months ago by Dr Mina G Noubar
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of good information
I'm only a quarter of the way through (it's sharing time with "A Song of Fire and Ice"), but this is a very good book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by belgarionn
5.0 out of 5 stars An accidental delight
I happened upon this drifting round Amazon one day while looking for something else. It is a delight; deeply thoughtful and wise while entertainingly written, so readable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars Self-congratulating
I'm an introvert and I've never had any problems. It's only when introverts try to force themselves into an extrovert box that problems occur. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zero
5.0 out of 5 stars Quietly powerful
Marti has contributed something special to the world with this book.

For the first time in my life - I'm in my late 30s - I have read something that I can identify with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by CHRIS COLLACOTT
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read.
Gives good food for thought. It makes you weigh up the pros & cons.Add it to your library if interested in self-help.
Published 10 months ago by Lyn.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Introvert and proud to be
I recently placed a request for 4 books on the subject about Introverts and I am really impressed because the Authors have researched this personality trait thoroughly and all... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bernie2111
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and cozy
I was always thinking about myself as rather closed person absolutely antisocial and shy. Thanks to that book I understand now myself much better, it gives a light on that shady... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michal
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've ever read?
In short: reading this book feels like reading your own biography - if you're an 'innie'. Lots of tips for both innies and outies, from socializing to work to being a better... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anna
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