“THE INTROVERT ADVANTAGE: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World”
©2002 by Marti Olsen Laney
What was an extrovert like me doing reading The Introvert Advantage?? Hmmm, turns out I’m not such an extrovert after all, which makes me especially grateful that I picked up this book. It ought to be required reading for anyone who wants to interact more generously and effectively with…well, with anyone.
“Introversion is…a type of temperament,” writes author Marti Olsen Laney. “It is not the same as shyness or having a withdrawn personality, and it is not pathological. It is also not something you can change. But you can learn to work with it, not against it.”
Laney offers insights on what distinguishes introverts from extroverts and uses real-life examples from many settings to reveal how key distinctions can help forge more successful relationships at work and at home—and with yourself.
This book can be a big help to anyone struggling to fit into an environment that doesn’t always feel supportive — or striving to understand a friend, loved one, or coworker who seems to be from another planet. It’s filled with practical tips and suggestions for making the most of the introvert temperament, your own or someone else’s.
On the rare occasion that I say out loud that I’m an introvert, the reaction is pretty much the same: “Yeah…right!” But, as Laney says, “It is not the same as shyness.” I happen to be an introvert with highly developed social skills—which makes everyone (including the former me) assume I’m an extrovert.
For me, The Introvert Advantage was an especially liberating read and I found myself just wanting to hug the book when I was done, I loved it that much.
How about you…introvert or extrovert…and are you happy about it?