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.
The fact that the book covers all my questions about who I am is amazing. I felt the book was talking to me and it really helps me understand my children as well
I'm having to listen to it over and over. I am easily DISTRACTED THOUGH THE CONTENT IS INTETESTING. PROBABLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT I'M AN INTROVERT WITH A.D.D..
Love all kinds of books but use audio specifically for self-help or spiritual examination.
A must read, if only to learn our uniqueness and celebrate that concept. Take some quiet time and read on.
I liked best the single time an extrovert was complimented in the book by use of the word jolly! It may have been the only time I didn't think she wasn't suggesting that extroverts are all hedonistic, adulterous, troglodytes with ADDHD (is that something shiny) and possibly brain damaged from syphilis. Finishing came in at a close second as I won't ever have to read it again.
I liked least that you need to hate on extroverts to show the beauty of the introvert. One doesn't diminish the other...it compliments but clearly you don't have the sensitivity or maybe the maturity to understand.
Her titled lacked a good description like:Mental Masturbation for the Rare Incredibly Insecure IntrovertHater- Why Extroverts SuckExtroverts Broke the Banking System but I'm not Dan Ariely so I won't use data to prove this just take my word for it.
The reader did a fine job of spewing this crap!
Maybe if it were on Netflix and I could turn it into a drinking game with zero thought about the potential for alcohol poisoning when you drink each time an extrovert is labeled scum and hit 20 shots in 20 minutes. As an actual extrovert I would of course not worry about the consequences for those playing along. I am insensitive enough not to worry about this potential or most consequences.
I actually read this book which was suggested by a friend to help me understand my husband, son, daughter and some close friends better and feel cheated, insulted and robbed of my time and audibles credit! Perhaps it was my error reading the intro as something of worth to gain insight into introverts instead of just understanding it would be an affirmations book for the deeply insecure which is so contrary from most of the introverts I know and love they need no such continues pats on the head whilst kicking the other group.
I really enjoyed this book. It has made me a better person and understand myself and others in a way I never really thought of. I have children and for me it taught more so much about who they are and how to be a better father.
I finally don't need to have that underlying doubt that there is something the matter with me. I don't like parties but I do enjoy conversations. I prefer to stay home but I know I can enjoy a quiet dinner out with good friends (as long as it doesn't last too long).
I feel vindicated that, as a Mom, I stood up to my daughter's teachers to defend her quiet demeanor in the classroom. This book helped me to realize that there is nothing wrong with my feelings and I can happily stop apologizing for them. I can go shopping in a busy mall, but now understand why I can't stay too long. The sometimes bothersome things that we introverts go through during a normal day are now better explained.
Thanks Ms. Cain. Also thanks to Ms. Mazur for an enjoyable narration.