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review 2017-11-29 00:40
Good introductory book.
The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside O... The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World - Jenn Granneman

Founder of the website/blog IntrovertDear.com has a book about...introverts! Surprise surprise! Jenn Granneman writes about what introversion is, how to manage self-care, navigating friendships and work relationships, how to cope with interviews/jobs and more. If you're coming to terms with being an introvert (or you're extrovert who wants to know more!) this isn't a bad pick.

 

I am not a huge follower of the blog so I don't know how much is cribbed from it or how much alike the book and blog are. I went into this thinking that it was another "Introvert 101" books and I still believe that is what it is after finishing it. If you're familiar with introversion then a lot of this is probably not that strange or unfamiliar to you. You may pick up one or two or more helpful tips or insights but unless you're entirely new to the concept there's probably not a lot here you haven't heard before.

 

But I'd say that it's also for extroverts, too, if you want to better understand an introvert. The title might seem like Granneman is offering up mystical secrets to unlock the mystery that is the introvert but really, it's her just telling people who introverts are and what they do and how to treat them (and how introverts can better utilize their strengths in all kinds of relationships, personal/romantic/professional/etc.). 

 

I will say that not everything will apply. I wasn't interested in the dating/relationship chapters at all, so your degree of interest may vary. Sometimes the book did feel a bit repetitious or some of the topics (like the dating/romance) didn't really need more than one chapter or even an entire chapter dedicated to it. But it may depend on what you're looking for and what info you need.

 

I'd say this is a new go-to book for introduction to introversion but if someone is already familiar with Granneman's website, it might not be for them. I'd also recommend 'The Introvert Advantage' or 'Success as an Introvert For Dummies' (yes part of the 'For Dummies' series) if you're looking to understand introverts and introversion better. 

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review 2017-11-25 13:18
Understanding An Introvert Story Through Illustration
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story - Debbie Tung

Here's some thing about me - I am an ISFP personality introvert after a personality test. I never thought myself to be an introvert before (for those who know me) but looking back, I was pretty much shut-in myself then before I met someone from a past that brings out the best in me. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story has been a book I look forward to read. I stumble upon Debbie Tung's work through Facebook and her work spoke true about introverts and this nicely drawn book says so much about introverts that I can connect with. Its a beautiful written work that I can read and read again. The humor, ups and downs of an introvert and the angst of being an introvert spoke true. This is an autobiography drawn book about her life, from the final days of college to adulthood, marriage and self-love captures every thing true for introverts today. I for one would recommend this as it can be a self-help guide for those who are going through some thing they do not understand about themselves. Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is a comic book for all personality types to enjoy.

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review 2015-08-29 03:50
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so."

 

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Say the word introvert and many people envision an antisocial loner hiding from the world. In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, author Susan Cain dispels the myths and negative connotations associated with the word introvert. As she explains, the “word introvert is not a synonym for hermit or misanthrope. Introverts can be these things, but most are perfectly friendly."  Cain also tackles what it means to be an introvert in an American culture where being an extrovert is the ideal.

 

The book highlights various findings of research and studies. One such finding is that introverts tend to be more sensitive to stimulation than extroverts, which I think leads to the stereotype of being antisocial. It’s not that introverts are particularly antisocial, it’s just that they find an abundance of stimulation draining. Where an extrovert needs to recharge by being social, introverts need time to recharge by spending some time alone.

 

There was also a section offering advice for introverts on how to work in open space, team oriented business environments, which has become incredibly popular within the last twenty years, as well as advise for managers and business owners on how to create an environment that brings out the best of both introverts and extroverts. Cain points to studies that indicate the fallacy of open space environments being conducive to productivity and creativity. They have the opposite effect. Cain also includes a section for teachers and parents on working with introverted children.

 

Despite these interesting tidbits, I found Quiet disappointing. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I thought it would delve a little deeper. Much of the book felt sort of “surface” and shallow. A large portion felt like filler. The book was organized by topic, but it felt as though she jump around too much, which I think had the effect of making it feel as though she was glossing over things and not delving deeply.

 

I also thought the section related to various Asian countries was overly broad. Instead of differentiating between them, she just lumped everyone under the umbrella of “Asian”. I get that she was trying to compare the Asian experience and culture with the American extrovert culture, but it would have been far more interesting if she had discussed introversion and extroversion from within the various cultures while also comparing their experiences east vs. west. Don’t get me wrong, it was interesting to read how the American culture of extroversion is perceived, but it could have been handled better.

 

So, while Quiet offers interesting insight into the world of the introvert, overall I found it to be disappointing. While I still definitely think it's worth a read, I would recommend borrowing it from a library.

 

Final rating: 3 stars

Source: rachelbookharlot.booklikes.com
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text 2015-08-20 00:03
Quiet. The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

 

 

 

"The word introvert is not a synonym for hermit or misanthrope. Introverts can be these things, but most are perfectly friendly."

 

                               -❖--

 

Someone on Booklikes once described themselves to me as an introvert with extrovert tendencies. That really struck me because it's kind of how I would describe myself. Seems to fit with the varying characteristics of introverts described in this book. According to Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, there is a broad spectrum of characteristics, and as one would expect, not every introvert shares the same characteristics. Also, some people tend to associate being shy with being an introvert, which is not the case .You can be shy without being an introvert, and you can be an introvert without being shy. And, of course, you can be both. 

 

Pretty interesting so far. 

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2015-08-04 23:58
17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet

Raise your hand if you're a lifelong introvert. *waves hand* Then this is for you.

 

My favourites are below. The rest are on Buzzfeed here.

 

2. And peers who didn’t know you thought you were stuck-up.

 
17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet

 

Silently judging and being snobby are not always the same thing.

 

7. You dreaded the moment your teacher said “break into groups.”

 
17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet
 

Whyyyyyy?

 

10. Meanwhile, your report cards always had a note that said you needed “to participate more in class.”

 
17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet
 

17. And finally, you constantly got sarcastic remarks about how you “talk too much.”

 
17 Very Real Struggles For Everyone Who Grew Up Quiet
Gramercy Pictures / Via petitegoose.tumblr.com
 

Apparently just being a good student isn’t enough.

 

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