A few months ago, I expressed to my brother that something must be wrong with me because in 25+ of professional corporate environment, I have been to lunch with other people a dozen times. All of the other times, I get in my car, grab some food and eat and listen to audio books in the privacy of my personal transportation device.I then listened to Quiet and it all makes sense. I take an hour in the morning before my house wakes up, an hour at lunch listening to audio books, and an hour nap after work because of my severe introversion.
Keep in mind, that when I was brave enough to announce that I was an introvert in a corporate team meeting a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised. I am very outspoken and one of the best people to lead meetings or stand up and give presentations, but I must recharge multiple times a day or woe unto me.Thank you for finally making me understand that my need for recharge time is a normal mental state for people who are introverts.
This book just felt like a compilation of many, many studies done over the years. The author is just regurgitating the results.
You might find this interesting if you are a Psychology student. If you are an introvert, you probably already know much of this and will just find confirmation here.
Kathe's voice was easy to listen to.
I enjoyed the stories about famous people like Rosa Parks and Eleanor Roosevelt.
I have not read the print version.
Susan Cain's discussion of introverts is wide ranging. Her profiles of well known people pique your interest. Her additional discussion regarding leadership styles, cultural differences, interpersonal relationships and resolving differences and conflicts are insightful. I will be mulling over her book for some time and may listen to it a second time to be sure I did not miss anything.
Kind and compassionate are the words that come to mind when I listened to Kathe Mazur's reading of Quiet.
I was struck by finding both my son and myself in Quiet. Generally I am not inclined to describe people by labels, but Susan Cain's description of the "orchid child" explains so many things about my son. I wish that this book had been written many years ago. The insights from Quiet would have been a balm and a relief that he and I were normal, normal introverts.
Susan Cain presents theories of personality in an accessible way for readers and listeners who are not schooled in these fields. She describes the particular bent that we in the U.S. have towards extroversion and encourages all of us to bridge the gaps between individuals, cultures, nations, really all of us, through understanding and reaching across that which divides us. Very highly recommended!
A well written book is a gem.
Introverts are the protagonists in this exploration of PERSONALITY vs. character. Thank you to the author Susan Cain for making us, the introverts feel like the unsung heroes in a world consumed with rewarding the extroverted who exhibit not always appropriate behavior.
I liked this book more than I thought I would. I am an extrovert, although I do share a few traits with introverts. I chose to read this book to better understand my students, colleagues and friends that are introverts. It was eye opening to learn how much extroversion is prized and the stress that can put on introverts. I was pleasantly surprised at how both sides of the introvert/extrovert personality was considered and discussed. I felt that I was able to not only better understand others but also myself. I finished this book with a sense of how important it is to be open and interested in others and to see their strengths in order to create strong friendships and working relationships. And yes, I am trying to slow down, wait, listen, and shut up once in awhile to let the introverts in my life have time to think and share… if they want to.
Such a introspective look into the introvert! Loved it. Wish all my friends and family would read this in order to better understand the introvert I am.
Every introvert should read this book. It was insightful and helpful with examples and coping strategies for living in an extrovert world.
Grad student, avid reader/listener, yarn-fiend, romantic cynic.
A graduate professor of mine mentioned this book in passing in class February 2013. Curious, I downloaded it figuring it would be an interesting change to my normal commuter-student fair of light-hearted romances, stolid non-fiction and mind-numbing research articles.
This book captivated me. A mix of narrative storytelling, well-researched explanations and personal reflections, Cain lays out her premise: introversion is not weak, a fault or a social mistake -- it is hidden strength. Through a series of chapters organized around a particular area of research or myth surrounding introversion, she illuminates the way that American/Western societies have come to value extroverted personalities and the cost of that. Do not take this to mean that she is negating the value of extroverts. Instead, she frames and elloquently supports a very balanced view of introverts and extroverts, showing the strengths and weaknesses of each and how in a modern world that values extroversion to the extreme, introverts are the silent tigers with the power for change.
The only downside is one that many audiobooks would struggle with: Cain has created some questionnaires/"guess who" lists that do not translate well into audiobook format. Mazur does a wonderful job with the reading despite this. Her reading is calm, yet carries the subtle humor of Cain's writing. Well done and well-fit to this book.
On a side note: According to Cain's questionnaries, I am a highly sensitive introvert, who chooses to adopt an extrovert persona in her career. This fits both how I feel about myself and how people would describe me and has helped me to consider what choices I make at school, teaching and also with my downtime.
This book is a punch in the stomach of the so called extroverted world
The case analysis approach
To be an introvert is not synonimum of to be shy