I listen to books while I walk my dog, turning even the dreariest rain and cold into a wonderful escape.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is open to a fresh perspective introverts and how they fit (and don't fit) in to modern business culture and the educational system that feeds it. You'll find yourself picturing specific friends and colleagues as you listen, and appreciate them even more.
This book was extremely well-researched and thoroughly documented. Sometimes the author's background as a lawyer lead to overkill with the evidence, and she probably could have cut several chapters and made the same point. But overall it was a very well-argued and well-supported book, and despite the repetitive nature of the points she was making, I listened all the way to the end.
Kathe Mazur's reading was superb.
Quiet inspired me to think differently, about my naturally quiet and introverted friends - and about myself.
Yes, from the very first opening lines it got me. As an introvert I always felt out-of-place, especially at the new corporate world where louder folks seem to move up faster. This gave me an insight and a better understanding of myself... heck, I'm not the only one.
Plus, it relates it to culture and what things introverts tend to be better suited for. The best part is collecting a few tips to help deal with things in a loud office, I'm still trying to implement these.
All in all, it gave me a new confidence knowing there's nothing wrong with me and how I need to shift my habits rather than trying to change everything about it to fit into the extrovert ideal.
Introverts, BE YOURSELF!
The book tackled the concept of introversion from all angles. It celebrated the value of introversion and called attention to a tremendous societal bias that devalues introversion.
The concept that stimulation exhausts us in the wrong amounts based on our level of introversion. This explained a lot for me.
There are serious implications to how we view and interact with various personality types in all areas of our lives. That makes this book a must read for any and everybody.
Great and interesting ideas.
Malcolm Gladwell's Blink
This was one of my favorite performances - her pitch and voice were perfect for the subject.
I can stop feeling weird that I'm uncomfortable at cocktail parties!
This book connected with me and I am guessing with many on this site. All those that would be just as happy staying home and reading a good book as attending a great party. In a world that favors the extrovert it was refreshing to outline the strengths of the introvert. Good research, well written, nicely read and recommended to all those that might feel inclined to apologize for being introverted or for having a spouse, child or coworker that falls in that category.
I learned about the psychological trait of Introversion about 18 years ago. The author, a lawyer by trade, did excellent research on this subject and presented it in an interesting format. Overall the book is outstanding and I've recommended it to quite a number of others.
Excellent history of America's culture of personality. A hundred years ago what mattered was a person's character. Traits such as trustworthiness or integrity. This gave way to measuring a person by their personality. Being "outgoing" was a valued trait.
The book then covers brain science; the idea that introversion is a survival strategy that can be seen in birds and other animals.
Well worth a listen.
I would recommend this. My eyes were opened to a lot of stereotypes that society puts on people who behave a certain way or function in different ways.
The reader is easy to listen to and the message is clear.
Great way to read great books on the go. Love Sci Fi especially Orson Scott Card and Star Wars.
I loved this book. As someone who self identifies as an Intorvert this book was liberating and full of "Aha" moments. Excellent suggestions on how to achieve sucess without pretending to be someone I am not.
Embarassingly enough the moment where she discusses that Introverts are prone to sweating more was one of those "Aha" moments.
She brought a sense of personality to a book that could have turned into a repetive excercise.
It made me feel liberated. As if who I feel that I am is ok.
Read this book. If you are an introvert it will liberate you. If you are an extrovert it will help you to understand us.
This was the exact kind of book I would rather listen to than read. I would have had a hard time getting through the middle of the book if I was reading it because the