Yes. I have listened to parts several times and intend to go through the entire work again. The review of history tells how we once revered the strong, silent, 'get it done' business leader, then how we migrated to seeing the hand shaking, smiling, easy-to-talk-with kind of person as the better leader. Author Cain parallels the thinking style of each and makes a case for outgoing and quiet types to work in unity to the betterment of our business and society.
The history is excellent. The insights stimulate one's imagination. The celebration of those who are quiet and listening instead of speaking up (in the classroom, in committee meetings, in strategic planning conferences, in politics, elsewhere) might allow us to re-evaluate how we chose/elect leaders...and with a nod to the quiet ones, how we might become more innovative in our ways of managing things.
Consider what has happened in schools - for both the kids and adults. We grade on classroom/online forum participation and thereby reward the extroverts. Yet we love the stories of the introvert who goes home to the quiet and develops a whole new approach to a problem - think the the famous 'geeks' who sketch and experiment late into the wee hours, formulating the plans for new devices and apps! Can we create equity for them in public forums such as in educational venues? How about in public leadership?
One of a kind!
Not a book of scenes. Loved many parts - the views from various disciplines were valuable.
It made me get the author's TEDTalk and visit her website. I am using her material as a reference in working with business leaders and trainers.
Get it, read it, think deeply. Do you see a place for the resurgence of the quiet ones as leaders in our businesses? Government? Educational settings? I do!
It explains the how and why of the quiet, unassuming people and their contribution to society.
It doesn't simply side with the quiet but gives a balanced picture of both sides.
The way it looks at the dominance of personality and teamwork and how it pervades and damages society is excellent.
The part on comparing Asian and Western students, while having some good points, felt very contrived and not based on good evidence. Too much stereotyping.
This was an incredible, eye opening, wonderful book. Not a dull psychology or just another "self-help" book ... but a life affirming view of MY reality. Interesting from start to finish - so full of "ah HA!" moments, I can't wait to listen to it again - to more fully absorb it all. I hope corporate America and teachers, especially, read this - not just those of us who think/suspect we are introverts. I know it could change so many lives if the world would look at this subject with Susan Cain's brilliant points. I'm going to recommend it to everyone I know. I humbly and sincerely thank Susan for her compassionate and desperately needed book. I will be thinking of my life so differently now! Just a joy to hear.
Didn't read the print version
It's got some great ways of viewing your introversion in a positive light.
It's much easier to find time to read by audiobook rather than read.
It'd be a documentary and yes.
If you are an introvert give it a listen, a lot of the phrases used in the book are phrases I use all the time and it was really comforting to know it's not unusual or weird. Great read!
For someone who thinks they are an introvert or an extrovert, this book explains alot about the behavior and thought of either. Although the first few chapters appear superficial, the author delves deeper as the book progresses and makes this a fascinating listen. The explanation of studies are interesting to those who have already studied some psychology and naive individuals.
If you're an introvert and want to understand your own mind a little deeper, this is the book for you. There's a lot of useful tools as well as a fair amount of empirical data that come together nicely in this great book.
The per forma ce was very soothing
Her arguments are very one sided
There were no characters
Summary: Western culture thinks extroverts are better than introverts. The truth is that both types are necessary and complement each other. Our extrovert bias causes lots of problems. These two personality types have a physiological basis and can be identified even in infants. We need to realize how introverted or extroverted we are and plan our time and energy around this. Asian cultures value introversion the way we do extroversion. Introverts can learn to ‘fake’ extroversion. This is useful but unhealthy if done too often. We should teach children who are introverts how to be themselves.
Huge boost to anyone who is an introvert in North America. You will suddenly see all the potential in your personality type. Your personality is not defective. Your strengths may be undervalued, but they are powerful.
Section entitled, “Does God Love Introverts? An Evangelical’s Dilemma.” Highlights the sometimes extreme bias towards extroversion in evangelical churches. The good people are always happy, talkative, friendly and talking about Jesus to everyone they meet. Was Jesus an extrovert?
Advice on how to fake extroversion is brilliant. This is necessary in western culture at times. Also good advice on how to do it without burning yourself out.
Chapter on Asian culture gives great insight into cross cultural communication. My favorite quote from this chapter from an Asian woman in a university class in the US, “Ahh, I see. In America as soon as you start talking you are okay.”
The end of the book is a good warning for extroverted parents of introverts. Try to help them but don’t try to fix them. They aren’t broken.
Complaints: Not many. This book is awesome.
Conclusion: I highly recommend this book to those who are quieter or like to be alone. Introvert/Extrovert is a powerful lens to view the world through. Introverts are devalued in western society and Susan Cain strikes a powerful blow at that kind of thinking. Quiet is balanced and very well researched. We really need extroverts to read this book as well. Probably knowing that many of them won’t Cain kindly made a TED talk video on the same subject. Although, to be honest, the book is much better than the TED talk.
Yes, and would recommend it to my fellow quiet friends. It's an empowering book for all people out there that have been told "you need to stop being so shy all the time!"