This clears up so many things about introversion and provides real insight into how to make it a strength in a society that fails to value its gifts.
Throughout, the book illustrates the value of introversion and how introverts can cope with the difficulties they face.
Everyone I talk to about this book says they have read it multiple times and it has helped them with a child, a spouse, a boss, themselves, and more.
I really enjoyed the book but I still want to buy a hard copy. I'm not too sure if it's because of the material or if it's just how I follow along with books. I like to turn back a page to re read a section but I felt as if I had to rewind a few times to really get a better understanding of it. Overall, I recommend trying audible out for yourself. I was able to go through the book a lot faster than I would if I were to read it. I just think audible may not work best for me.
Kudos to the narrator, Kathe Mazur, her dynamic voice range and keeping the book moving at a good pace.
To the book itself, Ms.Cain start the book off with the pros/cons of introverts & extroverts in different job environments to academics (k-12 & college) , and how differing approaches have benefits overall.About the last third of the book Ms.Cain becomes super defense and aggressive about society's take on introverts, and how they don't respect them & need to back off; turn for me personally. Enjoyed the book until the last third of it. Really don't care about your opinion on society's subjective views on introverts Ms.Cain.
Recommend it, or Not? I vote no, because Ms.Cain gets too subjective towards the end of book. If wish know her take on pros & cons of introverts-&-extroverts in differing positions in the career field then, go for it; that is not worth 15 dollars.
In true introvert fashion, I will fully appreciate this book after I digest it over the next several days as I apply the analysis and research that was shared to my own life growing up as a young child, teen, young adult and now professional who is analyzing my own traits.
The mere instance of hearing similar thought processes that other introverts go through in their own heads and how we're constantly being held to a "standard" of the extrovert lifestyle really set forth revelations within me that I feel will ultimately bring peace and balance to an otherwise confusing outlook on how I "fit into" society.
I almost feel that this is going to be the great equalizer and divider as we figure out how deep people are and stop placing arbitrary social statuses of personality types over others that leave entire groups of people isolated without their due respect of their importance to the advancement of the human race.
We are nothing without introverts. Checkmate. (Not bitter at all :))
I have learned so much about myself, and my children through this book. It is an incredible tool for understanding what makes an introvert tick and what doesn't. I know I will read and reread this one for years! Love it!
great for introverts our anyone whohe deals with them. This was a real eye opener for me, and I've spent a lot of time thinking about the nature of being introverted. Luckily I stumbled across her TED Talk about introverts, that lead me to this book.
Do yourself the favor and read / listen to this. As an introvert this book empowered me in a way I could never have before imagined. And as an expecting father I feel ready to nurture my child whatever his temperament. Thank you for this gift.
Just goes to show this world is made of all kinds of personalities each of which has great value. I also note that each person I know can express personality traits differently as they grow. Those last comments sum up the importance of taking these principles to heart and loving each one for who and what they are.
This is a great book. As an introvert, I felt as if the author was executing a spoken portrait of my psyche and behavior. The performance was also great. I have read some reviews in which some complain about the so-called "boring" tone of the narrator. Not true, in my opinion. I'm not sure what they were expecting. There is no need to dramatize this content... This was a remarkable experience.