Unlike most popular science works that are actually the result of cherry-picking interesting studies and spinning out cute and surprising yarns (Gladwell anyone?), this is the real thing. As a clinical psychologist who minored in personality assessment, I was familiar with some of the older work she sites... but was thrilled by the newer work and the integration of it all that she accomplished. So it offers rewards at multiple levels: theory (Jung and others), research (brain imaging, genetics, etc.) and application (to oneself, to raising children, to teaching, to leadership and management at work). If you have features of introversion and sensitivity, and you feel somewhat like an unwelcome minority in this land that favors extroverts, then read this book. And maybe re-read it!
I don't normally write reviews, but I have to about this one. If you are an introvert and constantly battling against your natural tendency to pull back YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK. It explains why you are they way you are and why the world needs more of you. I couldn't be happier that I found this book when I did. My office has an open floor and I'm constantly working 3 feet next to another person. I've been wondering why I feel so exhausted all the time while others feel fine. This book has possibly saved me years of misery, and now I know where to set boundaries to improve my creativity. Most helpful book I've read in a long time.
Her voice is perfect for the tone of the book.
A guide for introverts on how to take back control over their life and understand themselves.
The psychological research that the author includes is interesting and well-presented. There seemed to be a tone of antagonism toward the extroverted world. It's true that some aspects of modern life are not conducive to an introvert's disposition, but instead of criticizing the world I wish the author had spent more time on what to do about it. To be fair, the narrator's inflection may have contributed to my interpretation.
Depending on the friend, yes. It's certainly thought-provoking but is a notch below excellent.
The narrator's voice grated on me. Obviously that's a personal preference but whereas the narration of audiobooks usually doesn't impact my experience, in this case it did.
So amazed to understand myself better and realize that being an introvert didn't mean I couldn't be a leader. It meant I could and a good one at that.
Examples of what an introvert is and does and how they are worth listening too.
very nice voice.
Listen to Introverts! They have a lot to say and you're going to like it!
This is by far, the best audiobook I have listened to.
The insight provided was eye opening and though provoking.
No, I have a long commute and would listen to about a chapter per day.
I am going to listen to it again!
Insightful, eye-opening, affirming
Learning to love the qualities of your personality and (as an educator), those of your students, instead of trying to force everyone into a role they are not innately created for.
Kathe's voice itself is "quiet" and calming, but it became a trifle monotonous at times.
Being an introvert is not the same as being shy. You may be described by some as very friendly, which you are, you just don't want to be forced into a room with 200 people and have to be "friendly" with everyone.
I looked at this book's information through two lenses; my personal view, and my view as an elementary educator. I tried to think through much of the context with an application to myself and those of my students. We are so often as teachers focused on the "extrover", the "leader", and those are the students whom we rank the highest. I am ashamed now at how many times I have said, "She needs to speak up more. She needs to share what she knows. She needs to be heard." For while those comments in isolation may be true, it is not necessary for everyone to speak; for if everyone is speaking, who is listening? What frightens me is that this notion of the "loud and the proud" is being taken to an extreme with the introduction of Common Core; there is an actual "grade" given for "Listening and speaking", and in that category, no introvert will score well using their natural gifts and talents. I'm going to have a hard time with that one.
Truelongmont on Facebook. I like listening while exercising and cleaning. I just want entertainment!
I enjoyed this quite a bit. Some of the anecdotal stories got a little long in the tooth. Introverts don't care for anecdotal stories! Doh! The science/history was quite fascinating and it left me with a sense o how to improve using my natural talents.
Can't say, but the narration was just excellent. Kathe Mazur *inhabited* the author's role. I had to keep reminding myself that this *wasn't* Susan Cain speaking.
The book helps to put 20th century American popular and management culture in a new perspective. Raises the question of *why* we have come to believe that extroversion is normal, introversion not quite so good or even abnormal. Gave me a new perspective in looking at the organizational behavior in my field.
Saw myself in it--the quiet little girl in the corner with the book ;-> And I remember my mother saying that another mom had gossiped that there must be something wrong with me, just not normal for a healthy child to be like that.
Was really looking forward because I consider myself a quiet and introvert but the book disappoints by being formulaic and predictable
Certainly not anyone who is interested in learning how the introvert mind contributes to progress.
Too many to name.
I have not heard her before, but she did an excellent job on this one.
The first few chapters dealt with introverts and that part of the book was excellent.