A life long stutterer, I thought my love of solitude was because I didn't have to struggle trying to "get my words out". Now I see preferring introversion wasn't running away from my problems. It going home to see what new treasures awaited discovery.
As an introvert, this book is everything I've always felt but couldn't find a way to express it.
Good info, useful examples. Seems like well-founded conclusions. As an introvert, the content also gave me insight into extroverts through contrast.
Author's frequent approach is to describe a situation, propose a question about either why it is as it is or how to manage it, then segue to a psychological study. They were explained with good clarity without excessive detail, and I find such studies generally interesting, so it was fine. Still, I can see how some could find this pattern annoying.
Well written, organized, and articulated. A must for teachers, especially of kids. I like her examples, and gift for tying together related and relevant research that amplifies the point. Artfully expressed. Worth reading at least twice.
So many a-ha moments. I needed this book 20 years ago. I am delighted at how this book has impacted both my understanding of myself and my daughter. I am listening for a 2nd time.
The history of American extroversion ideals was interesting, and I did enjoy some of the suggestions for living with extroverts. But overall the book seemed like more of a rah-rah for introverts (and sort of a fuck-you to extroverts, which the author seems to think are attention-grabbing, money-obsessed con artists) than solid science or psychology. Also, white ladies really shouldn't discuss Asian-American stereotypes without any input from Asian people. That section was cringeworthy.
Quiet is, most likely, the best book I ever read (and listened to on Audible). Susan Cain is an excellent author and her research for this book is thorough and well presented. Content-wise, I felt like I was reading about myself and receiving affirmation after affirmation that I am not alone, there are many other people like me out there, who may even work in the office down the hall. Highly recommended.