Yes! The book explores different facets of Western society where the extrovert ideal has been idealized and the consequences it has for introverts. As an extrovert, I found this fascinating and it has made me more sensitive to the way introverts work.
Overall, this is a worthwhile read. It offers thoughtful insight, great story-telling re: real world extrovert va. introvert experiences. Will certainly make me more sensitive and aware of the introverts in my life and how/why they function the way they do.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
Both “Coming Apart” and “Quiet” are disquisitions on America that have an apparent appeal to a consuming audience. “Coming Apart” points to a belief that America has become an aristocracy of education and money. “Quiet” makes the sociological case that human beings are either extroverted or introverted and that extroverts rule American government and business because they talk the most, and argue the best. Both books infer american cultural homogenization.
If Murray is right about the homogenization of American management and Cain is right about being misled by too much extroversion and not enough introversion, maybe America is “Coming Apart”. On the other hand, maybe Murray and Cain are just selling books.
This book is a must-have for anyone who is or has an introvert in there life. As an introvert I learned a lot about myself and others. Mainly how some of my most frustrating points of my life had to do with my misunderstanding of my own view, and or someone else's view on "life". Get this book and help yourself to learning more about human life and diversity.
My husband and most of my friends and family are all introverts while I am one of the most extroverted people I have ever met, made more obvious by those I surround myself with. I wanted to read this book in order to get more perspective.
Unfortunately, along with the perspective came a lot of hurtful words: Studies that suggest extroverts are better at leading, need more data. Disney authors draw all of their positive characters to reflect introverts and negative characters to reflect extroverts. Extroverts are unempathetic. Extroverts are not good at listening. Extroverts have a hard time understanding others. Extroverts are not considerate. Extroverts are not as good at reading as introverts! By the end I felt horrible about myself and I was horrified that I may be in a constant state of offending my loved ones.
I appreciate the goal of empowering introverts and I will strive to do so in ways that this book helped me to understand. I just wish this book had the ability to lift up introverts with out stepping on extroverts.