The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

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Workman Pub., 2002 - Family & Relationships - 330 pages
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At least one out of four people prefers to avoid the limelight, tends to listen more than they speak, feels alone in large groups, and requires lots of private time to restore their energy. They're introverts, and here is the book to help them boost their confidence while learning strategies for successfully living in an extrovert world.

After dispelling common myths about introverts-they're not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial--The Introvert Advantage explains the real issues. Introverts are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation-chitchat, phone calls, parties, office meetings-can easily become "too much."

The Introvert Advantage dispels introverts' belief that something is wrong with them and instead helps them recognize their inner strengths-their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It helps readers understand introversion and shows them how to determine where they fall on the introvert/extrovert continuum. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, offering dozens of tips, including 10 ways to talk less and communicate more, 8 ways to showcase your abilities at work, how to take a child's temperament temperature, and strategies for socializing. Finally, it shows how to not just survive, but thrive-how to take advantage of the introvert's special qualities to create a life that's just right for the introvert temperament, to discover new ways to expand their energy reserves, and even how, when necessary, to confidently become a temporary extrovert.

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Lots of insights and practical tips & tricks. - Goodreads
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It took me over a year to finish this book. Some of it I really identified with, and other parts seemed quite extreme. Overall I like Quiet better, but this definitely had some good points to ponder. Read full review


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Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She frequently speaks on the topic of introversion (with plenty of preparation time) and also leads workshops for introverts. She and her husband live in Calabasas, California.

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