Thursday, August 19, 2010

Read: The Introvert Advantage

Title: The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
Author: Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D.
Publisher: Workman Publishing, New York.

This book is one of my most recent reads. I have leart to make good use of the resources of the National Library Board to get me food for my soul and mind. Books are wonderful way to seek guidance from, and I could often learn at my pace.

I am an introvert. I am not shy, I am not anti-social. I just prefer to focus my energy inwards., As such, I may at many times be absorbed in thought, and I prefer to relate to life through ideas, impressions, hopes and values. That is what this book says. While this book isn't a book on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, I still find it a practical and thoughtful read.

It gave me some interesting ideas to strategies I could use to handle challenges at the workplace. One thing I have learnt from my own experience, and this was stated in this book is that it helps to be kind on myself when I do not criticise myself if I don't accomplish everything I have planned on a given day. I can just redivide the work into smaller sections over the next few days and keep working at it.

Another strategy that I have learnt from this book is that it can help an introvert cope better with interruptions by setting a time limit for every conversation. I also like the strategy of finding a hideout to think by excusing oneself to the washroom or a quiet corner of the office.

People who are not introvert can also find this book useful in gaining a good insight to the perspectives of an introvert. This book also shares about how extroverts and introverts can get along better with one another in both work and intimate relationships.

It is quite an accessible book to read for people who wants to learn more about people who are introvert.

The book has an official website as well and it is here:


Richard Yap said...

Hmm I am an introvert myself...I will try to find the book and read. Thanks!

pinkie said...

I like the way u write about channelling yr energy inwards even though you're an introvert and yet u r not anti-social :) nice!

tuti said...

nicely written. your post i mean. :)

Ireth K said...

I stumbled upon your blog by accident today just as i had finished reading Laurie helson's introvert power book. I'm also from Sg. you don't update anymore?

I've got a blog too, about movies. is it better to do reviews in past or present tense?

oceanskies79 said...

Ireth K: Thank you for visiting. I shall check out your blog soon.
As for the review, I guess it depends on the context.