Il learned a great deal about why I feel so overwhelmed after "performing" as extrovert. Understand why down time is so important to. Loved that it was backed by research that was not overdone to to the point of being complicated or boring. Highly recommend.
Retired Special Education teacher and full time fiction writer.
I was so excited to share my introvert experience with the local book club who chose this yesterday as the book of the month. Instead, the hostility toward this book's valid examples and premise was palpable. The group's reaction was a live example of extroverts bashing the introverted of the world. They even labelled the author as being obviously wounded and introverts as weak individuals who deserve criticism for not defending themselves sufficiently. I was blown away by their lack of understanding and denial of society's negative assessment of the introvert's predilection toward an introspective approach to problem solving. In other words, the consensus was "get over it and be more like us". I felt doubly validated by the author's premise, especially when confronted with a roomful of sceptics!
Husband, Dad, Coach.
I really enjoyed this text and the tools it gave me to understand myself and my family better. Beware the "unquestioned answer". This book shows that there are more answers than the one we have been given.
The presentation of material and careful concern are evident in every word. Not totally about "answering" things, the text instead opens pathways of exploration and consideration while giving valuable in the moment suggestions. I will be re-reading soon
The content was great. Narration was perfect. I couldn't put it (my iPhone) down. This book is a wonderful window into the introverted mind. If you are an introvert, listening to this book will help bring you peace. If you have someone in your life who is an introvert (and we all do since at least 1/3 of the population is introverted) you should listen to this book and stop trying to change us. We have a lot to offer.
I loved this book. Originally I picked it up to learn a little bit more about the introverts in my life, but I learned a lot about myself too. For starters, I learned that I'm not an extrovert, not at least in the pure sense. I learned that there is something called an Ambivert which is somewhere halfway between introvert and extrovert. That's what I am and it makes a lot of sense. I appreciated how Susan Cain shared techniques for working with introverted children and ways to improve communication with partners who have a different temperament than one's own. I found myself thinking about my own research in different ways and really appreciated the research that was presented in this book. If you want to better understand the introvert or extrovert in your life, I highly recommend it!
As an introvert, I was taken on a journey where I understand more of my behavior and my fellow man. It is a must read especially for those who are raising children.
Anyone who works with people, and strives on performance of those people must read/listen to this book, and after that keep learning about personalities and ways of communication.