Listening to this book was amazing. I was able to truly understand the mind of an introvert from many perspectives. The examples of how to apply this to work, life, parenting and relationships feels to be right on target. Plus the irony of listening to a book written by an introvert feels as if I have had a 10 hour conversation with someone that doesn't like to talk. Excellent book!!!!
I thought I knew everything there was to know about introverts. Decades ago I self identified myself as being a non shy introvert , sought information about them and pardoned myself and my heavily introverted family for thriving in our close but isolated world. What I did not understand was the physiology and more importantly the value and power of introverts. This was indeed intriguing and has given me some useful tools to go forward with. There were parts of this book where I found myself feeling emotional, almost teary and yet freed with permission to be how I am physiologically designed. If you are an extrovert you will also gain some useful insight because most likely if you are successful, you have an introvert in close proximity to you. You may learn the values we have in each other's lives as introverts need extroverts in their lives too.
This book was life transformative for me! And I'm a quintessential extrovert! But I graced with the pleasure of raising an introverted daughter who is introspective, cooperative, a deep thinker and very much a leader. She is in her freshman year of college and I wish she would have finished this book with me this summer....but even more I wish this book had existed 10 years ago when I was always coaxing her brilliance onto center stage! Some motherly instinct took over around the teenage years and I learned to encourage yet shield her from the other wolves and she blossomed and lead her junior & senior year classes. Was admired and the glue in her 'squad' (friend group) and although she's having to do it all over again in a very competitive college arena... I know from her tweets that she's establishing herself!
A tweet from her:
Me: internally overthinking every aspect of my life.
Someone: wow girl ur so chill!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! for this book from this extrovert and from the introverts in my life whom you've validated their existence!
This book helped me understand me, my relationships, my family, my friends, and my coworkers both better and more sympathetically. I gained more ease with some of my habits which have me acting as an introvert. I also realize how much extroversion is featured in the American self help literature. I gained more appreciation for my work environment. I also get the ways I shut some people down. This book had a very personal and internal impact on me. We'll see how this improves my relating with the world.
I got the impression that the author had more of a complaining spirit about the topics that were discussed and would have preferred more strategic suggestions for an introverts success as opposed to hearing the many ways they have been wronged. still an entertaining listen.
If your an introvert or an extrovert, this book provides the reader with profound understanding. I'll be reading this volume again, as the author's ability to relate these teachings is superb!
Well done Kathe Mazur!
This was a glorified research paper although I did get much comfort and reassurance from it. Nothing was proven or a theory come to light as fact. Just examples and suggestions on how to accommodate