Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking had been on my reading list for a few years. After watching Susan Cain’s TED Talk in college, I became committed to learning more about introversion, since I classify myself as an extreme introvert. Cain’s book was a wonderful complement to her Talk, as it delved deeper into the psychological characteristics of introverts.
At first glance, this may not seem like the most enthralling book, especially for you crazy extroverts. However, Cain discusses the importance of introverts in today’s world and looks at how extroverts can better understand and interact with the introverts in their lives. She uses stories to highlight the ways in which introverts experience the world and examines the way American society values extroversion over introversion.
Quiet was a quick read for me and I found myself identifying with so many of the people Cain introduced. From the introverted child who became overwhelmed at school, to the introverted woman who sacrificed her emotional needs to better suit her extroverted partner, Cain’s examples were well chosen. I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to introverts who sometimes wonder how to fit into extroverted society. If you’re an extrovert, give Quiet a chance: you undoubtedly share your life with an introvert, and Cain’s work will help you appreciate them more.
Susan Cain. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Crown Publishing Group/ Random House, Inc. 2012.