• The Introvert Advantage

  • How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
  • By: Marti Olsen Laney PsyD
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-08-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (26 ratings)


Some people - a sizeable minority - prefer to avoid the limelight, tend to listen more than they speak, feel alone in large groups, and require lots of private time to restore their energy. Often they feel different, not right, less than. But as Marti Olsen Laney proves, that is far from the truth.
The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration. It provides tools to improve relationships with partners, kids, colleagues, and friends, while offering dozens of tips, including eight ways to showcase their abilities at work and strategies for socializing. In short, The Introvert Advantage shows introverts how to take advantage of their special qualities not only to survive in an extrovert-oriented world, but to thrive.
©2002 Marti Olsen Laney (P)2013 HighBridge Company
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5 out of 5 stars
By Russ Coupe on 05-06-17


Could see myself in so many of the areas discussed and picked up some useful strategies to help me in the workplace

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 13-01-17

Not very informative

If you ready have a somewhat good understanding of introversion, DO NOT READ THIS. The only reason I'm not giving a 1 star is because of the fantastic voice over.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Raul on 07-12-13

If you're an Introvert or not sure, you must read.

Would you listen to The Introvert Advantage again? Why?

I just started listening to the book again. So much information and I've learned so much about myself that I need to listen so that I can explore the reason for my low energy after a long day of meetings and technical support calls.

What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Introvert Advantage?

I will definitely be applying new and better ways to recharge between the the overload of support calls and meetings throughout the day.

Any additional comments?

After getting an introduction to the Power of Introverts in "Quiet" by Susan Cain. I have read several books on the topic and this book offers the most comprehensive view on my varying levels of energy and the feeling/sound of static and overwhelming thoughts and ideas in my brain throughout the day.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 09-10-13

details are new for me.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

this book gives me insight and awareness of how introvert gets their energy. And examples of what can bother introvert or consume their energy. Also tips of what we can do and what to care about and to be careful of. It's filled with reasons to support explanation and i love to listen to it. It makes sense to me and it do me good. It makes me know how i should put myself in my social and everyday life. It answers most of the why in my head and gives out reasons that made me understand myself.

ex: i want to sit in mcdonald restaurant be surrounded by ppl and not talking to them but listen to audiobook. When actually i don't really like to sit out, i rather stay home. But i need reason to be in a restaurant/ in a certain atmosphere. Because sometimes i get lonely but i don't need interaction or worry about my companion feelings.

i love how am being able to reason my act. and what i want and what not and why.

as before i discovered this audio book i'd been having much trouble with myself.
just few more example of how not knowing oneself is an introvert can give trouble
in life. I never know that i was pushing myself into a wrong direction in a fast fwd speed.

I am an introverted artist. I kindda know i am introverted but i never looked it up. I did not understand why i feel like crying and storm only because my dad popped in and start talking to me while i was drawing. I didn't now why i feel that he was very very rude. And why i have to get so emotional about such a simple thing. i hate to react and feel that way.

I have to give up drawing and help out my family business where i have to interact with client and people all day. And i got a friend who literally cry in the phone to get my attention and sometimes took photo of herself with tears and email it to me (people around me find me very comforting to rely onto me over emotional stuffs that's too much that it flat me out most of the time)<< now i learn to be more careful and put limit to it.
My dad loves us to be more open and mingling more with people means more successful opportunity in business to him which i don't have a problem with his thought but i find it hard to swallow. i turned to my parents for emotional fuel which they can never fulfill and i get frustrated and feel betrayed. =='' ( sounds silly but honestly i just have no idea what a better way i can do or even what happened to me and how to put a stop to it.)

i was frustrated i didn't know why i only knew working for people i love (my parents)makes me feel like I'm in hell. But i care so much about work that i have to experience all the details because i am quite a perfectionist. That expose me more to people and clients. And it also tore me more at the same time. By the end of the day i feel like i am less of a human. I didn't know why i exist. I cannot reconnect to my art work coz switching modes seems to be too hard to manage ( but after listening to this book i know how i can do it by sitting silently among people in restaurant with that i don't feel lonely and i can cool down feeling sure that i need no more interaction without feeling guilty after that getting reconnect to my own artistic world just turn on itself like a magic).

I lost everything when I didn't know my limit. I didn't know where to watch for the sign or indicator that i am overly stimulated now and my power dropped. I was disappointed with myself and my life.

appreciation is what i got out of this audio.
thank you for such a great audio.

What did you like best about this story?

knowing how i lost my energy and how to refuel it. with tips to do it professionally.

What does Tamara Marston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

it's more of a rest to sit and listen than reading. coz i need to rest my eyes. and i want to relax seeing people walking around in my free time rather than having my whole waking hours looking at text.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

i love the whole thing. it's all so vivid and important and valuable that i want to have them all carefully heard.

Any additional comments?

thank you very much.

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