Some interesting ideas about innovation and our bias against or about shy people. The first part of the book brought many interesting studies brought up early in the book. Seemed to drag a little when she got too much into anecdotal stories of counseling friends and ice skating better.
The first 2/3 of the book was really quite interesting and good. It was all about the historical and current research regarding the differences between introverts and extroverts. The last 1/3 wasn't very interesting, however. It was more about the author's personal opinions/conclusions and was fairly prescriptive about raising and educating an introverted child. Other's may find that helpful, but I was more interested in the science and research. I am comfortable drawing my own conclusions.
The book was very easy to follow.
Kathe Mazur is just perfect in her presentation and pace.
Quiet helped me to better understand the introverts in my life both at work and personal life.
No; The author is without doubt a liberal Democrat. I was very disjointed when she used Al Gore as a example of a introvert who couldn't get his message across on global warming.
Drop the political messages in this book.
Waste of money
This book is inspiring for anyone who considers themselves introverts, as well as for introverts and extroverts to understand each other better. The narrator is perfect for this book, emphasizing the right words to show differences in perception. The author offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an
introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts
and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
Mother of 3
Yes - wether you are introvert or extrovert, this is a must read.
Presentation and communication skills for introverts
Interesting Insightful Helpful
This book was very insightful and I enjoyed learning many different reasons for being introverted. Its logic and sequence were excellent. Example stories throughout the book are very useful.
The speaker says room funny its not a problem but I noticed every time. She says rum instead of room.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
I would not have selected this book to read on my own. It was a selection of our IT department book club. In retrospect it is a somewhat ironic choice since IT groups tend to be introvert heavy and our management adheres to the "extrovert ideal". As a sensitive introvert myself, I did enjoy that the book is very against the extrovert ideal. That ideal implies that any act which you do not celebrate by marching back and forth in front of a bigwig's office blowing you own horn is of no value. Of course most people like books that are affirming so it isn't surprising that I liked it. The book has several different topics. It discusses introversion and extroversion in the context of brain functioning. I always find books on the brain interesting so I enjoyed that part. I was less interested in the long discussion of the cultural differences between American and Asian views of introversion/extroversion. The beginning talks a lot about the extrovert ideal - how it came to pass that extroversion is prized in current American society above all other things. I found that discussion of interest. I did not realize how much that had changed. The author also discusses her attendance at various events designed to make you more extroverted or celebrate introversion. I did find her stories of interest. The ending section about relationships between extroverts and introverts (romantic or parent child) was also interesting. Although I found the narrator's voice pleasant, I did find it hard to hear when listening in my car, even at full volume.
Yes I plan on listening every couple years to refresh my memory. Gave me a huge confidence boost that I've rarely had before.
Her voice suits the material perfectly and gives it that quiet but powerful introverted feel. Her pacing is perfect and gives you time for the odd side thought when a revelation comes to your head.
That being an introvert is not a bad thing and not something we should look to change or cure. It is something we should embrace in ourselves and embrace in others, and the minute we try and change our core personality to adapt to the pressures of society (unless we are conscious of our adaption), is when we will begin to lose who we are.
Amazing book all around. Really expanded my mind and helped to get me out of a rough patch in my life by altering my perspective about who I am, and giving me reason to take pride in who I am.
The last couple chapters on raising children weren't as interesting for me other than for trying to think back about how I was raised and how that might have affected me. That's why I gave it 4/5.
I highly suggest it to introverts or extroverts. There are plenty of important messages that every personality type would benefit to hear.
Karen of Northern Michigan
Being an introvert, I found the first half of this book to be very interesting.. It talks about how we fit into this world of extroverts and why we are ignored quite a bit.. Yet, it's the introvert who really thinks outside the box, works things out in our heads and find answers many times when extroverts can't. The author talks about how introverts are often ignored in the job world, and yet we very often are the ones that bring the most to the table...It talks a lot about what makes us tick compared to what makes an extrovert tick..It talks about how there are even certain colleges that only accept extroverts... Susan talks about how uncomfortable our world can be for an introvert. It also explains that there are a lot of introverts who "pretend" to be an extrovert in order to fit in..I already knew most of this, but found the information interesting non the less.
I have lived a life being told to speak up, stop being so shy, told to take a drink to "loosen up", etc etc etc... These kind of things have always been said by extroverted people, who for the most part, I find obnoxious.. I've always wondered why it is an extrovert thinks their "center of the universe" attitude is suppose to be better than a quiet introverts way of living in the world. I've had people refer to "my kind" as being sneaky, stuck up, social misfits, no fun, goody two shoes.. you name it.... Until adulthood, I always felt like there was something wrong with me.. Now I realize I just prefer to be quiet and to be around quiet people.. Loud, obnoxious people wear on my nerves quickly and too much of an extrovert really drains me emotionally. I was raised in a family of half extroverts and half introverts.. I have always gotten along better with the introverts and have had problems dealing with the extroverts, and vice versa..
I'm not shy, yet have been labeled "shy" my entire life.. I'm simply quiet.. There is a huge difference...
I'm glad someone wrote a book about it, but the 2nd half of the book goes more in depth on the scientific, technical side of our personalities and gives a lot of research info. I lost interest and never did finish listening to the book, but I did enjoy the first half very much...