What I’m reading: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting.  For some it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk.  Use your natural powers – of persistence, concentration, insight and sensitivity – to do work you love and work that matters.  Solve problems, make art, think deeply.

I think this is one of the best books I’ve read about the subject of introversion.  Susan Cain tackled the subject matter so thoroughly.  She visits arenas that promote extroversion (Harvard Business School, Wall Street…)  She also interviews psychologists and neurologists to explain concepts like group thinking, the meaning behind being able to delay gratification, and the trait of ‘sensitivity’.

This isn’t a “X is superior to Y” type of book like any of the books on introversion I’ve read. (Thank goodness!)  This is book detailing how we react to and interact with the world in different ways; each of these ways should be treated as equals.  Cain points out how by solely valuing extroverted characteristics, we are doing everyone a great disservice in regards to what we could be accomplishing.

If you love an introvert, or have a child that is an introvert – well, she covers that as well.  Regardless of where on the sliding scale you see yourself, I think this book has a lot to offer for understanding the people around us.


4 thoughts on “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”

  1. Cool, do you still have it? I would like to read it. Alternatively… I can weasel it out of the library. (And by weasel, I mean “borrow”)

  2. Oooh….I’m going to have to get on that hold list. I especially like that you describe it as not being “x is better than y.” That polarization is uneccessary and unhelpful. It’s all about harmony in the garden for me, be it silence and sound, yin and yang, bootie shaking and shavasana.

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