It is interesting the different ways one can be lead to a book. I watched an online video of a speech by Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, and then a friend enthusiastically recommended the book to me.
Cain talks a lot about the difference between introverts and extroverts, emphasizing that one type is not better than the other, but rather that both are needed. However, as she points out, our schools, workplaces, and culture tend to glorify the extrovert to the exclusion of the introvert.
Cain spent time studying how introverts and extroverts react in specific situations and with other people, and with each other. There were some chapters of her book that I found dwelt a little too much with statistics and studies, but they were made up for by other chapters that dealt with issues like how an introverted wife should relate to an extroverted husband. Some of the examples were humorous, fascinating, and always helpful.
I am an introvert, so I found Quiet fascinating and helpful. I am not a painfully shy introvert, although I was for years when I was younger. I love people and interactions and shared moments, but I also enjoy peace and quiet and space to think.
Cain has written a good book, one that can be affirming for introverts, help them to gain more confidence and be better leaders and interact better with others. If you’re an introvert or just interested in how they think, you should check out Quiet.
If you’re still not sure, you can watch Susan Cain’s speech by clicking on the link below: