The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child: Helping Your Child Thrive in an Extroverted World

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Workman Publishing, 2005 - Family & Relationships - 302 pages
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Introverted children are often misunderstood, even by their parents, who worry about them. Engaged by their interior world, they’re often regarded as aloof. Easily overwhelmed by too much stimulation, they can be seen as unmotivated. Content with just one or two close friends, they may be perceived as unpopular. Parents fret that they are unhappy and maladjusted. But the truth is quite different: Introverted children are creative problem solvers. Introverted children love to learn. Introverted children have a high EQ (emotional IQ) and are in touch with their feelings. They take time to stop and smell the roses, and they enjoy their own company. They are dependable, persistent, flexible, and lack vanity.

How can parents help their introverted children discover and cultivate these wonderful gifts? Help is here. Written by Dr. Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage with 74,000 copies in print, The Hidden Gifts of the Introverted Child fully explains introversion as a hardwired temperament, not a disability, and tells just what parents need to do to help their child become the person he or she is meant to be—and succeed in an extroverted world. Beginning with a 30-question quiz that places a child on the introvert/extrovert continuum, The Hidden Gifts shows parents how to foster a climate that allows introverted kids to discover their inner strengths; schedule ways for a very young innie to recharge those batteries and teach an older child to do it for him- or herself; create a harmonious household with siblings, and parents, of different temperaments; help innies find success at school, sports, parties, and other group activities.

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Introverts, or "innies," as psychotherapist Laney (The Introvert Advantage ) calls them, use the brain's front lobe for thinking and more often rely on the right side of the brain than the left ... Read full review

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Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She frequently speaks on the topic of introversion (with plenty of preparation time) and also leads workshops for introverts. She and her husband live in Calabasas, California.

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