on October 26, 2015
This book helps us understand the development of our personalities and how our personalities affect our daily lives. Cain describes the usual traits and behaviours of extroverts and introverts and backs up her interpretations from research. Her explanation about the workings of such body organs as the human brain,and the nervous and endocrine systems bring the reader up to date with the latest scientific findings and are written with a clarity that is understandable to readers with or without a scientific background. She takes us further by listing suggestions that can help individuals struggling against their "natural" extrovert or introvert personalities. And she implores society to value the introverts who usually contribute to society in a quiet manner. This book was a useful reference for the article I wrote directed to child caregivers describing how our personalities affect our well-being--the article appearing in the internet journal published by Child Research Net.
on September 24, 2015
Great read for people who are trying to understand themselves. Susan has put down a lot of interviews she conducted in this book. As I read through those interviews/examples, my brain fast speed back to my childhood, teenage, middle school, high school etc. - it was amazing and reflective of what might have happened to me during my past 33 years of life, and I kind of getting nearer to the point of knowing who am I but not yet.
However, as I was reading through the book, I first believed I am an introvert as the introvert personality traits Susan described are really what I have. Then I found many of the introvert personality traits in the book I do not really have or just the opposite. It is very confusing as I read further. I have to occasionally skip a few pages to get to the next chapter. It is very upset when you just confirmed yourself that you are an introvert then the next minute you doubt yourself.