To be clear, I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of introverts living in an extrovert world will have a strong sense of familiarity with the stories.
For me, this is more of a comforting listen, rather than a book to make my life better. The author discusses at length tips for parents and teachers of introverts- these suggestions may be helpful (I have no children and am not a teacher).
I don't find this book to be particularly helpful because the central issue of being an introvert in an extrovert world is still there. I suspect that it will be more helpful to an introverted individual to pretend to be an extrovert (even at the expense of productivity) than to maximize his own potential as an introvert. This is just my own opinion, however.
Great book! Susan pulls information from numerous sources and makes a great case for the need for introverts in a culture that promotes and praises extroverts more. She puts together valuable stories that supports her book. This book has help me appreciate who I am more and accept that not enjoying a lively party or an excessive talker is ok. :-)
Very well job in explaining the difference between introversion and extroversion. In my view everyone needs or should read this book specially if they have any question about the way they behaveand have unexplained traits that has bothered them for years.
I enjoyed this audiobook, both the material and the voice were excellent. I admit to be a fan of these books (similar to Malcolm gladwell's books) with a fair amount of history (though more allegorical than factual), anecdote and supporting studies to provide food for thought.
Encourages the listener to reevaluate relationships and expectations that we have in our personal and professional life. I believe that I will be a more effective leader with the knowledge I've acquired from this book
I know I am an introvert. I have always known. And this is one of the first times I felt like I was actually told it was okay to be quiet or want alone time. Not only was I told it was okay, but also that it is normal for introverts. Beyond learning more about myself, this book also covered the history of extroverts and introverts for a cultural prospective which I found absolutely fascinating.
If you are an introvert or have a child or spouse that is an introvert, I would highly recommend this book because it will allow you to understanding why introverts act and react to certain situations.
This is a great book! But at times it's almost like reading a textbook. Which isn't a bad thing, because I love that it provides so much research. However, this isn't an easy read -Requires dedication and focus.
The methodical and thoughtful pace of the reading. It was perfectly suited to the rich content. I listened to the book over the course of several long walks. It takes too much concentration to listen to while multitasking.
The story about Ethan -- the introverted boy whose extroverted parents were determined to "fix" him -- could have been about my parents and me. It brought me nearly to tears.
Never listened to any of her other performances but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Yes, but it was so content-rich that I had to stop listening to it and think about what I had heard. Now that I have finished it, I might be able to listen to it all at once -- but I would need ten hours when I wasn't doing anything else.
I am glad to have heard about this book. After a lifetime of being criticized and punished in various ways for being quiet and preferring my own company, it is a great relief to know that I don't have a personality defect after all.
Finally I know!
Susan Cain didn't just describe the history of extroverts and introverts. She described the history of the extrovert ideal. When and how did we became so obessed with being an extrovert.