Summary of The Introvert Advantage

How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

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The Introvert Advantage book summary
Are you an “innie” or an “outie”? No, this has nothing to do with belly buttons. Think introversion instead.


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Look around you: The world was surely made by, and exists for, extroverts. It is loud. It is fast. It values aggression. It rewards push. These are all extrovert characteristics. In such a world, introverts are sojourners. How can these quiet, contemplative, reclusive personalities get by? Learned psychoanalyst and proud introvert Marti Olsen Laney has some thoughts on the subject. She spells them out in her guidebook for introverts. She details introversion, what the introverted temperament involves and why it exists. The book provides some helpful approaches and techniques introverts can use to exist and even thrive in an extrovert world. getAbstract concurs that audacious extroverts make the external world go around and that thoughtful introverts help them understand the internal world, or the “tides of day and night,” as poet and introvert Dante Gabriel Rossetti described it. If you are an introvert or want to understand one better, turn to Laney’s insightful book on introversion. She is, quietly, a leading authority on the topic.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Who are introverts and what causes introversion;
  • What are introverts’ primary characteristics, capacities and needs;
  • What introverts should know about relationships;
  • What are some primary issues regarding parenting and introversion; and
  • How can introverts nurture themselves.


A World for Extroverts
In modern society, the cards are stacked against introverts. This is not surprising since 75% of people are extroverts, not introverts. Their attitude: “It’s my world. You just live in it.” Extroverts are outgoing, aggressive, take-charge types. They focus on the...
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About the Author

Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., is a marriage and family therapist and psychoanalyst, as well as an author, teacher and public speaker. She is an expert on introversion.

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