Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 9:31 am
Every introvert should read this book. So should everyone who loves an introvert, teaches introverts, works with introverts or raises an introvert.
You don't need a sociology degree to recognize that our current culture favors the gregarious, the assertive and the charismatic. Put another way, we like extroverts... a lot. Maybe too much.
As a counterbalance to this notion of "the extrovert ideal," author Susan Cain presents Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Cain mines the fields of brain science, psychology and social history to mount a staunch defense of introversion. After first citing common examples of bias in favor of extroverts, Cain then turns the tables and describes the wealth of benefits that come from following the more reflective and sensitive approach of introverts.