This has forever changed the way I view myself and those around me. I have recommended this book widely. Great narrator.
Susan explains the cultural expectations of personality. She explains well how to get past it, with all cultures. That there is no one type or answer.
This book helped me recognize who I am in a very specific light. It showed me meaning to why I thought aspects of my personality were flawed, and how they actually are a great thing. I would definitely recommend this book to introverts and extroverts
At first I though it would just repeat the idea of "introverts ain't bad!" over and over, but it actually went pretty deep about research and what it means to be an introvert, what traits makes you one and how the line isn't so definite.
The performance was pretty good too.
Il learned a great deal about why I feel so overwhelmed after "performing" as extrovert. Understand why down time is so important to. Loved that it was backed by research that was not overdone to to the point of being complicated or boring. Highly recommend.
Retired Special Education teacher and full time fiction writer.
I was so excited to share my introvert experience with the local book club who chose this yesterday as the book of the month. Instead, the hostility toward this book's valid examples and premise was palpable. The group's reaction was a live example of extroverts bashing the introverted of the world. They even labelled the author as being obviously wounded and introverts as weak individuals who deserve criticism for not defending themselves sufficiently. I was blown away by their lack of understanding and denial of society's negative assessment of the introvert's predilection toward an introspective approach to problem solving. In other words, the consensus was "get over it and be more like us". I felt doubly validated by the author's premise, especially when confronted with a roomful of sceptics!
Based on research, laced with humor and anecdotes, Cain explores the rise of the extrovert ideal in modern society. I especially appreciated that her core argument is not "Introvert Good / Extrovert Bad" but that each have strengths the other type should appreciate. Narrated beautifully and filled with insight and suggestions how to begin building bridges, this book has found a place on my lifetime favorites list.