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Introverts Can Thrive In An Extroverted World.

on August 22nd, 2012 by admin

I am your typical introvert.  I’m geared toward the left-brained variety.  In a previous post I reviewed a book about the trials of introverted children.  The focus was primarily on the American school system and its adoption of postmodern pedagogical methods that have made schooling for these type of children increasingly difficult.

I just finished reading a book that focuses on the adult introvert.  Therapist Marti Olsen Laney wrote a book called The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World.  What I enjoyed most about this book is it gives the reader a better understanding of the introvert temperament.  She even has a chapter on the physiological aspects of introverts.  We use different neurotransmitters than the average extrovert.

It is very important that we introverts understand our temperament so we can navigate our personal and professional lives better.  In hindsight, many conflicts that occurred in my life had a lot to do with my introvert temperament.  Many of the conflicts centered around my home life.  My mother is an extrovert.  Let me preface by stating that I love my mother dearly.  She is a very contentious and loving mother.  For the first 5 years of my life, it was Mom and me.  There were no hardships of any kind.  Overall my childhood was stable.  However, we had serious personality conflicts.  I felt I wasn’t allowed to be myself.  Mom wanted me to be a carbon copy of her.  Because I preferred the solitude of reading and writing, or staying in my room instead of partying all the time, I was made to feel less than or deficient in some way.  Consequently, I had low self confidence.  I went into a deep depression.  From my experiences in junior high and high school, I had pretty much closed myself off to people.  I was very suspicious of individuals’ motives.  And I assumed the worse in people.

Only after I decided to seek therapy did I really come to terms with my life.  Fast forward over 12 years later I was approached about a business opportunity with Mary Kay Cosmetics.  This literally fell into my lap.  Because I always wanted to start a business of some kind; and I needed to find other methods to make money after my layoff, I decided to sign up.

Having a Mary Kay Cosmetics business has made me get out of my comfort zone.  I knew it would be a challenge for me.  From prospecting for new customers to building my team of new beauty consultants, I’m continually learning and pushing through my moments of doubt.  Laney’s book has given me ideas of how to effectively implement techniques that cater to my introversion and make my business a success.

I plan on making copies of some of her suggestions about how we innies can function better.  Because in the end I want to accomplish my goals and live a fulfilling life.

Bookish Babe

P.S.: If you have any questions about my Mary Kay Cosmetics post a comment and I’ll contact you privately.



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2 Responses to “Introverts Can Thrive In An Extroverted World.”

  1. This was precisely the answers I’d been searching for. Amazing blog. Incredibly inspirational! Your posts are so helpful and detailed. The links you feature are also very useful too. Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. admin says:

    Hi Edna:

    Thank you for visiting my website. And thank you for the compliment. You encapsulate my purpose for starting a blog. I want visitors to think about life in general through the books I review. Thanks again.

    Bookish Babe

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