Susan Cains in-depth research and obvious passion for her subject. I gave it four rather than five stars because it got a somewhat repetitive about 3/4 of the way through.
There is a shorter book in a similar vein called "Introvert Power". It isn't anywhere near as exhaustively researched but if the subject interests you it's a good, quick read.
Susan Cain's Ted talk is worth watching as well.
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the story-teller makes it that much enjoyable. Her tone of voice is what you can right away comfortably associate with an introvert person, which makes you feel that this person indeed knows what she is talking about.
I would recommend it, but would mention that there are some biases and at times a political agenda. Take it for what you can get out of it, but be careful not to accept it entirely as fact.
This book has a lot of valuable information and gave me a better understanding of such topics as introversion and what it means to be a sensitive person. There are times that the author's biases come out, and even her own political views on some topics. I happen to disagree completely with some of the things she included in the book based upon my own understanding of evidence. However, I did appreciate the vast majority of the material presented and of the science and psychology she presented, when she stayed on the true topic at hand. I feel it would have been better had she not included her political and personal digressions and excluded her personal biases and judgments of some individuals and unrelated topics. These were small portions and only slightly distracting to me. Overall, I felt the book has value and I learned a great deal from it.
Reading about an introvert's perspective on Tony Robbins. It was fascinating to hear the author's perspective on attending one of his conferences and how she completely processes just about every sensory input in the opposite way.
The part of the book where the author described parents who thought their kids were "defective" because they were not extroverted. It shows how our society is biased against introversion.
This book really opened my mind to introversion. I am an extrovert and have often held the same biases against introverts as other extroverts. It helped me to understand why people are introverted, why they are quiet, and how they still change the world. It has greatly enhanced my capability to interact with introverts and have much more productive relationships with them.
I loved the author's reliance on RESEARCH, something that is hardly ever overused nowadays.
The research finding that introverts and extroverts have, on average, the same amount of good ideas. Just that extroverts, because of their nature, are more likely to be heard.
The book's an all-around poignant, well-argued statement (and question) on our society's ill-advised and over-rated reliance on all things extroverted.
Read this book for two reasons. First, if you feel that you are being forced to live outside of who you are, especially in groups. Second, if you lead a team of people, especially a team of creatives or problem solvers.
The strength of the book was the way she traced personality and the forces of nature and nurture. The section for parents and teachers as excellent.
The weakness is that she at times was that she seemed to make a straw man argument about certain things that as an introvert she doesn't value. For example, the chapter on Saddle back totally dismissed the small groups they do as well as one on one study time.
No, way too long and I find the topic hard to concentrate on for too long without it all running together.
Read from January 29 to February 09, 2013
Overall: 3.5 stars
Book: 3 stars
Narrator: 4 stars
While well written (and narrated) and I recognized many aspects of my own temperament in the descriptions and anecdotes related, this book probably would be more beneficial for extroverts seeking to understand what the world is like from inside the introverts' worldview. If the book hadn't ended when it did, it might have been a DNF.
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Yes and again. So many examples and insights into the behavior of introverts. I am introverted but can turn on the shallowness at any time.
This is the one that others to come will be compared
Easy to listen too and track.
Turning on the extrovert when needed. I think the opposite would be harder.
Very thought provoking and validating
I really enjoyed learning about the various strenghts of introverts. As an introvert I already knew I had a keen attention to detail and that I like to read and think. It was refreshing to hear that there's nothing wrong with that. It was interesting (yet frustrating) to discover that people like me are all too often overlooked because of our withdrawn nature. It was emboldening to hear that introverts are quite often the unsung heros.
The narrator killed the subject matter. I'm introverted and even I'll admit that Kathe Mazur made an otherwise interesting subject and empowering book seem boring.
I was really looking forward to this book but was disappointed and had to stop listening as I found myself becoming angrier the longer I listened. The author, who considers herself an introvert, makes it very clear throughout the book that she equates an introverted personality with high intelligence. Sooo arrogant!
The book also gets very political. If you are a liberal, you'll love this book...otherwise steer clear. Too bad the author couldn't discuss this topic without veering off into politics and liberal topics.
Most of the book is written based on conjecture and the author's own observations, very little factual or verifiable info. to be found. Author makes huge leaps, generalizing and stating conclusions with little or no evidence/facts to back them up.
She devotes one good chunk of text/time to expounding on the virtues of her husband and how lucky she is to have him. This may be true, but it's not why I purchased this book.
The whole book felt so unprofessional at times...definitely not the unbiased, neutral, factual information I had hope to find about the Introverted vs Extroverted personality.
Also, the recording is poorly done, another case where the author should have paid for a professional to read the book. You can tell where she starts and stops because suddenly her voice will be a lot louder or have a completely different tone.
Disappointing book in so many ways. I'm returning this book, so glad Audible offers this option.