I liked best the single time an extrovert was complimented in the book by use of the word jolly! It may have been the only time I didn't think she wasn't suggesting that extroverts are all hedonistic, adulterous, troglodytes with ADDHD (is that something shiny) and possibly brain damaged from syphilis. Finishing came in at a close second as I won't ever have to read it again.
I liked least that you need to hate on extroverts to show the beauty of the introvert. One doesn't diminish the other...it compliments but clearly you don't have the sensitivity or maybe the maturity to understand.
Her titled lacked a good description like:Mental Masturbation for the Rare Incredibly Insecure IntrovertHater- Why Extroverts SuckExtroverts Broke the Banking System but I'm not Dan Ariely so I won't use data to prove this just take my word for it.
The reader did a fine job of spewing this crap!
Maybe if it were on Netflix and I could turn it into a drinking game with zero thought about the potential for alcohol poisoning when you drink each time an extrovert is labeled scum and hit 20 shots in 20 minutes. As an actual extrovert I would of course not worry about the consequences for those playing along. I am insensitive enough not to worry about this potential or most consequences.
I actually read this book which was suggested by a friend to help me understand my husband, son, daughter and some close friends better and feel cheated, insulted and robbed of my time and audibles credit! Perhaps it was my error reading the intro as something of worth to gain insight into introverts instead of just understanding it would be an affirmations book for the deeply insecure which is so contrary from most of the introverts I know and love they need no such continues pats on the head whilst kicking the other group.
I really enjoyed this book. It has made me a better person and understand myself and others in a way I never really thought of. I have children and for me it taught more so much about who they are and how to be a better father.
I finally don't need to have that underlying doubt that there is something the matter with me. I don't like parties but I do enjoy conversations. I prefer to stay home but I know I can enjoy a quiet dinner out with good friends (as long as it doesn't last too long).
I feel vindicated that, as a Mom, I stood up to my daughter's teachers to defend her quiet demeanor in the classroom. This book helped me to realize that there is nothing wrong with my feelings and I can happily stop apologizing for them. I can go shopping in a busy mall, but now understand why I can't stay too long. The sometimes bothersome things that we introverts go through during a normal day are now better explained.
Thanks Ms. Cain. Also thanks to Ms. Mazur for an enjoyable narration.
This was a wonderful book that I recommend for absolutely everyone! Introverts and extroverts alike. The introverts will gain much validation from Cain's wonderful stories and antecdotes from her own life as well as the subjects she writes about. The science behind her conclusions stacks up and likewise helps to explain to the introvert what they may not have realized was a common trait amongst their fellows. Extroverts will likely be more bored by the book, seeing as it is read in a calm and soothing voice and deals with subjects more cerebral than exciting :-) but this book will go a long way in helping to bridge the gap introverts and extroverts experience in their communication. I especially recommend this book for managers, teachers and others in charge of directing or teaching groups of people comprised of varying personality types. I especially enjoyed the exploration of the possible causes of the recent recession seen through the lens of personality and really appreciated the musings on group work, brainstorming, and open office plans versus more solitary methods of work. Practical and entertaining, this book was truly an enjoyable listen for me!
The author explores various aspects of the introvert experience in a society that champions the extrovert ideal. Also, the author offers advice on how to succeed in an extroverted society while remaining true to an individual's introverted nature.
Avid reader all of my life! Favorite author is Stephen King! Favorite book is Hyperion-read/listen to it!
Myself being an introvert, I was drawn to this book. I often wonder why I'm reluctant to speak up or why I feel uncomfortable in large group settings. The author (herself an introvert) does an excellent job of analyzing and deconstructing the behaviors and mind sets of introverts. So many times, during the book, I felt like I was reading exactly about myself and my own experiences.
The author goes into detail on how better to understand introverts and ways in which to use their strengths for greater success.
The few marks against the book is that there a few areas (very few) where the author seems a tad biased towards introverts (as opposed to extroverts), but overall this was an excellent read.
Highly recommended for like-minded introverts and people that want to better understand introverts (Perhaps parents of introverted children. Spouses of introverts.).