Enjoyed the Book: “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking”

July 23, 2012  |   Books   |     |   6 Comments

I think that Susan Cain’s book busts many myths that have caused us to undervalue introverts – and possibly overvalue extraverts. She expanded the definition of introverts from those who get energy from within (a more Jungian/MBTI definition) to a broader one including ‘solitude-seeking’ and ‘contemplative,’ but also ‘sensitive,’ ‘humble,’ and ‘risk-averse.’

What I found so impressive about this book was the way that Susan Cain weaved extensive research, with theory and stories about real people and suggestions about how leaders, teachers, parents, friends can take about introversion and extroversion with a clear description of how western cultures, especially American, have shifted from valuing “character” (e.g. Abraham Lincoln) to a valuing more outgoing behavior.

She also describes how introverted leaders are more successful with self-directed employees than are extraverted ones, as the introverted leaders often leave employee alone to do their work and don’t impose collaboration or working as a group for all situations.

And, I found it inspiring to read the stories of real people and how they’ve struggled with, overcome challenges of being introverted, parented introverted kids more successfully and how teachers can teach more effectively to all kids. I highly recommend this book for everyone – introverts and extraverts- especially since 30-50% of people prefer introversion.

6 Comments for this entry

    Sarah Stoner
    July 26th, 2012 on 10:25 pm

    Thanks for this post, Pam. I look forward to checking it out. I just shared out your link to it on my FB page…. saying, “A friend of mine’s post about this book has me intrigued. When I was little, I detested what I found to be the patronizing word “shy.” I insisted that my mother use the word “Quiet” which seemed more respectful and less of a label or social disease….”

    Sarah Stoner
    July 26th, 2012 on 10:26 pm

    PS This would be great for LIOS to add to their curriculum list! I felt so undervalued in that dynamic as a non-talker, non-process-out-loud kind of person… :)

    August 6th, 2012 on 8:22 pm

    Can’t wait to read the book! Thanks Pam!

    August 7th, 2012 on 1:25 pm

    Great Post. As an introvert, I need all the support I can get in this extroverted world!

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