I didn't realise this was a self-help book (a genre I've always recoiled from), but I found it a thought-provoking book that made me examine myself and think back over the way I've lived my life. There were several moments at which I found the author genuinely convincing in her argument that introversion is not a problem that needs fixing, and this is an encouraging thought. She also has good ideas about how to interact with extroverts without offending them by seeming like a party-pooper.
I really enjoyed her description of life at the Harvard Business School. As a glimpse of what a world populated only by extroverts would look like, it is absolutely horrifying: an image of Hell worse than anything in Dante!
The book is overlong and gets repetitive toward the end. It's also very heavily geared toward lawyers, salesmen and businessmen which I personally couldn't relate to; I was hoping for material on artists and teachers, but there wasn't much. The sections on personal relationships should be of interest to all listeners, however.
The reader is suitably quiet and calm, but she reads Cain's straightforward prose far too slowly; I ended up having to listen to her at 2x speed.
I have listened to this audiobook many times.
I have never felt so understood.
Wonderful speaking voice. It's a pleasure to listen to Kathe read this book.
I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.
I have both because I wanted to have visual access to specific areas of the text. I am a listener so do better with audio. I would have to recommend the audio and then you will probably want the printed version.
The Mind and the Brain, The Other Side of Normal, books of that caliber. This was easy to understand and because of the presentation it is instruction and informative as well as very eye opening.I find myself observing people with the introver/extrover evaluator information very accessible. I have not had a problem recalling the information provided by the author.
I felt very comfortable and her presentation was a perfect speed and tone for me. I had time to drink in the concepts of each page and could keep up with the audio. Her voice is beautiful and I felt she completely understood what she was relaying to the listener.
Yes several. The comparison of Oriental and American self presentation, the test and I was very impressed with the amount of research the author had done. I guess the overall message of okness and how we got to the point of accepting, as a society, the extroverts are the most successful. It is so obvious - there is a place to succeed for all types of people - and you do not need to become someone you are not to be successful.
I have listened to this book twice and used my printed copy as reference. I plan to read the entire printed copy in the next month. Thank you for this amazing work of perspective.
I thought this would be more of a research study oriented book. It began with referencing a number of scientific studies and psychological aspects of introversion that I found really interesting. But then it deteriorated into sort of a homespun self-help guide with advice and too many personal anecdotes.
Beautifully researched, written, and read. The author explores what introverts and sensitivity have to offer to innovation, business, education, and society. Great whether you're quiet or loud.
Yes, because it provides the listener with a pallete of well researched and organized studies on how introverts relate to the world.
The confident, yet subdued narration, which is perfect for introverted listeners and the many thoughtful insights it provides.
Her VOICE is amazing and the inflections PERFECT!
Introverts are wired from the very start albeit they can extend them selves when needed.
This is an amazing, well documented and organized book. It can also answer many questions for those of us who are introverted and help us understand that extroversion is not the only game in town.
If you think you have some introvert traits, it a great way to find out you are normal. If you are intimate with an introvert, it's a fantastic way to understand them better. And I would hightly recommend to employers to lean more about their workforce.