The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney

“Introverts are like a rechargeable battery…extroverts are like solar panels.”

I have always been a reserved personality. When I was a kid I was downright shy. As an adolescent I started emerging from my shell but as I entered adulthood I never materialized into the extroverted wonder I hoped to become.

Not until my senior year of college did I start understanding my personal balance of introversion and extroversion. After years of graduate school, several years of work, and reading numerous articles and books did I finally feel like I was effectively using my introverted self.

I read Quiet by Susan Cain about a year ago and I was blown away by her insights into the introverted way. I picked up The Introvert Advantage in hopes of finding more information about myself. Though a decent book written by a well-respected professional, The Introvert Advantage cannot compare with Susan Cain’s work.

After reading Quiet, I felt empowered and ready to take on the world. After reading The Introvert Advantage I felt like I had a disease and had just read a manual on how to cope. The title of the book is misleading. Dr. Laney does not really present introversion as an advantage. The subtitle should have been “How to Survive in an Extroverted World” since most of her thoughts concern how to respond to the social world and not how to take benefit from it.

Nonetheless, I think this book describes introversion very well and she does a thorough job providing tips to introverts. I definitely recommend this book if someone is looking for very practical tips of life.