The Introvert Advantage: How Quiet People Can Thrive in an Extrovert World Paperback – Feb 1 2002
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“Tamara Marston’s narration makes the material relatable and informative. . . . [She] is able to identify with her audience, making her reading all the more effective and intimate. The result is a helpful, enlightening, and entertaining listen.”
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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?
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I am an introvert among introverts and repeatedly score as far into introversion as one can get on the MBTI and other scales, so I know whereof I speak.
Contrary to what Marti Olsen Laney says, we introverts don't want extroverts to ask us for our opinions. In most situations, we prefer to listen and analyze, but when we have something to say, we will pontificate on it ad nauseum, which is why most academics, scientists and researchers are introverts.
We also don't prefer to socialize in small groups. We actually like being in large groups because then we are not forced to speak when we'd rather observe and listen. (We can get happily lost in a crowd.)
And God save us from those well-meaning souls who feel they are doing us introverts a favor by "drawing [us] out."
We prefer formality and value our privacy. We'll thank you to respect that.
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Some repetition in the book. But I could identify a few things that can help me that I didn't think of before reading that book.Published 12 hours ago by Justine Haguet
It sounds like the author is apologizing for being introverted like it wasn't as good as being an extravert!Published 2 months ago by ruth proud
There is a kind of stigma attached to the word “introvert.” There are connotations of being aloof, brooding and uninterested in other people, and just generally anti-social. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Randy A. Stadt
I didn't enjoy this book. The author threats introverts as fragile little beings that require special care and the advice comes off a bit condescending. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Betty
I was not new to knowing I was an introvert and some of the major characteristics of being one, but Marti's book really put things into a clearer perspective. Read morePublished 17 months ago by R. Stumbur
Discover yourself and others when you read this. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert (or don't know), this well-written book has plenty of examples to help us understand... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Paula Carlson
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