I felt like this was the other opposite end of the spectrum. For instance,many people who are outgoing box and label quiet people, this book boxed and labeled outgoing people as ignorant pseudo-listeners. I don't understand our fascination in society with boxing and labeling everyone and everything. I have had to take many personality psychology assessment tests (one being Briggs/Meyers) and every time my results are both extrovert and introvert. yes that's right it's not one or the other some of us have qualities in both categories
Being am introvert myself, this book helped me so much! It encourages you to fully accept and cherish your introvert qualitities which can be difficult in a world with an extravert ideal, where you are told/showed at many occasions that there must be something wrong with you if you don't want to socialize all the time, but need downtime too.
If you're an extravert, this can help you understand introverts better and show you that you shouldn't take it personally if a quiet person doesn't want to talk at a particular time.
For me, what sets this book apart is its distinction between shyness and extroversion. Just because I personally am quite comfortable speaking up in groups and expressing myself does not mean I am an extrovert and abide by their rules interests. In fact, I am far more at ease in the world of ideas and their unfolding than I am in the world of who getting others to follow my lead or to regularly validate me.
The author also does well to talk about how the outside world and new things can over-stimulate the introvert, and ways to deal with that. Great book!
Just a 20-something year old, who likes to read books from time to time.
This book started off really interesting, had me nodding my head in agreement with every statement. But then towards the middle it got pretty boring, the meat of the book was just example after example of some leader or ceo who was an introvert and did great in life. It's like "we get the point!" introverts can be great too! I found myself dosing off and losing her for a good while. At the end it got interesting again. But as a whole, it's still a good book I recommend to everyone. Finally a book that talks about how introverted doesn't mean damaged!
Highly recommend this book for anyone, but especially parents, managers, teachers, really anyone who works with people.
Susan Cain's writing is clear and her research is very thorough. She presents stimulating new perspectives and value for introverts, her book is packed full of research and new connections. It's a fabulous read!
Overall I enjoyed the book but the narration itself was a little sluggish for me. I realize the narration was meant to be calming and soothing but I liked listening to it at a slightly faster speed.