Quiet by Susan Cain

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A book about introverts and how we function. This book is everything for an introvert like I. Well-researched and easy to read (there are even surveys for you to find out where you fall in the introvert scale). A great book for introverts to embrace introversion in its full glory and feel less alone in a world that constantly demands extroversion, and for extroverts to learn and understand their counterparts much better.

The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. Without introverts, we wouldn’t have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity, or Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Yet recently, extroverts have taken over. Sensitivity and seriousness are seen as undesirable. If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come ‘out of your shell’. Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you’re told that you’re ‘in your head too much’, a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Of course, there’s another word for such people: thinkers.

 

 

 

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Year of Publication: 2012

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