I loved the author's reliance on RESEARCH, something that is hardly ever overused nowadays.
The research finding that introverts and extroverts have, on average, the same amount of good ideas. Just that extroverts, because of their nature, are more likely to be heard.
The book's an all-around poignant, well-argued statement (and question) on our society's ill-advised and over-rated reliance on all things extroverted.
Read this book for two reasons. First, if you feel that you are being forced to live outside of who you are, especially in groups. Second, if you lead a team of people, especially a team of creatives or problem solvers.
The strength of the book was the way she traced personality and the forces of nature and nurture. The section for parents and teachers as excellent.
The weakness is that she at times was that she seemed to make a straw man argument about certain things that as an introvert she doesn't value. For example, the chapter on Saddle back totally dismissed the small groups they do as well as one on one study time.
No, way too long and I find the topic hard to concentrate on for too long without it all running together.
Read from January 29 to February 09, 2013
Overall: 3.5 stars
Book: 3 stars
Narrator: 4 stars
While well written (and narrated) and I recognized many aspects of my own temperament in the descriptions and anecdotes related, this book probably would be more beneficial for extroverts seeking to understand what the world is like from inside the introverts' worldview. If the book hadn't ended when it did, it might have been a DNF.
Mild mannered easy going superhero
Yes and again. So many examples and insights into the behavior of introverts. I am introverted but can turn on the shallowness at any time.
This is the one that others to come will be compared
Easy to listen too and track.
Turning on the extrovert when needed. I think the opposite would be harder.
Very thought provoking and validating
I really enjoyed learning about the various strenghts of introverts. As an introvert I already knew I had a keen attention to detail and that I like to read and think. It was refreshing to hear that there's nothing wrong with that. It was interesting (yet frustrating) to discover that people like me are all too often overlooked because of our withdrawn nature. It was emboldening to hear that introverts are quite often the unsung heros.
The narrator killed the subject matter. I'm introverted and even I'll admit that Kathe Mazur made an otherwise interesting subject and empowering book seem boring.
I was really looking forward to this book but was disappointed and had to stop listening as I found myself becoming angrier the longer I listened. The author, who considers herself an introvert, makes it very clear throughout the book that she equates an introverted personality with high intelligence. Sooo arrogant!
The book also gets very political. If you are a liberal, you'll love this book...otherwise steer clear. Too bad the author couldn't discuss this topic without veering off into politics and liberal topics.
Most of the book is written based on conjecture and the author's own observations, very little factual or verifiable info. to be found. Author makes huge leaps, generalizing and stating conclusions with little or no evidence/facts to back them up.
She devotes one good chunk of text/time to expounding on the virtues of her husband and how lucky she is to have him. This may be true, but it's not why I purchased this book.
The whole book felt so unprofessional at times...definitely not the unbiased, neutral, factual information I had hope to find about the Introverted vs Extroverted personality.
Also, the recording is poorly done, another case where the author should have paid for a professional to read the book. You can tell where she starts and stops because suddenly her voice will be a lot louder or have a completely different tone.
Disappointing book in so many ways. I'm returning this book, so glad Audible offers this option.
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” - Albert Einstein
The book is original and has a lot of fresh ideas, only two comments:
- Calling introverts repeatedly "open" , "more reactive", "sensitive", "reflective" , " more consciousness", ... is for me more biased than analytical.
- While casually stating that there are no pure introverts/extroverts and we are all a little bit of both, the stories imply otherwise. There are always two poles to contrast MLK Jr. vs Rosa Parks, Eleanor vs Franklin D. Roosevelt etc. It got me lost trying to find out to which side I belong :)
Put me to sleep. I would only recommend if you are an introvert.
Spice it up a little.
A really great study of the two sets of people. I think introverts will enjoy it more. Just gives great insight to how we as a society celebrate extroverts and sometimes look down on introverts. Great insight as to the differences and how we should react to both
The entire thing. The studies were fascinating along with the personal stories.
I liked her narration. Very soft spoken like a true introvert LOL
It just made me think about why I am the way I am today and not apologize for being an introvert, I will make sure I correct anyone who calls me shy or anti social.
A great read and understanding of the two groups. The author even gives tips ideas and solutions to fellow introverts, parents, teachers and business people. I loved this book. I learned so much about myself and how others might perceive me. I also learned about extroverts and how I need sometimes to be one of them
The author does an excellent job of laying out the problem, defining it, providing the history and backdrop for the topic. After the first few chapters one has a pretty good idea of the author's viewpoint. The later chapters define the subtleties of introversion. Early on I was an extrovert, but over the years have found comfort in being introverted.
The Authors stories in the first few chapters where worth the price.
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