The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney

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As one of the first books to be written specifically for introverts it was quite ground-breaking at the time and it is still an extremely good all-round introduction to the subject.

She takes a holistic and integrated approach to what being an introvert means, ranging from neuroscience to nutrition, with lots of psychology and self-help in between. Part I has an excellent introvert self-assessment test and some fascinating insights into how our brains and physiology work, although sometimes the boundaries between scientific findings and theorising are not completely clear. Also more recent research puts introvert numbers nearer to half the population, rather than a third as was assumed then.

As the title suggests, this is essentially a ‘how to’ book, with step-by-step advice on how to thrive as an introvert in the whole range of life situations. The drawback with this approach though is that some of the advice can be oversimplistic, which personally I find slightly irritating. The suggestions and scenarios are also heavily American, which may not be so appealing to UK readers. As such, I found the middle part – chapters focusing specifically on relationships, parenting, socialising and working – less interesting than the rest of the book.

However, this is very readable book which covers all angles. It is particularly useful if you are looking for practical advice, and it remains a very popular choice.

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