Friday, April 13, 2012
Quiet by Susan Cain
Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet is a book that looks at the world from the introvert point of view. Susan Cain feels that our culture is geared more for the extrovert and wanted to show the reader how much of an impact introverts have had on our society. Part one of Quiet explores the extrovert ideal and how the personality of the extrovert became the sought after type in modern America. Part two, Your Biology, Your Self, investigates where introverts come from. Part 3 looks at other cultures to see if they are extrovert dominated. The last part is full of advice on how to love and work as an introvert. There is also a chapter on how to raise your introverted child.
Excerpt of Quiet
I'm an introvert so naturally I enjoyed Quiet. I have grown to accept my introverted self as I have gotten older but struggled with it as a child and young adult. I enjoyed the science of why and how certain people are introverts. The author explained many different aspects from the introverted point of view and how the introvert's way of working, socializing, and living is not wrong, just different from the extrovert's style which is the more accepted way of doing things in Western society.
A few of my children are introverts and reading this book has helped me understand them more and will help me prepare them for a successful adult life in an extroverted society. Everyone has an introvert in their inner circle of friends and family and reading this book will help you to understand and interact with them in a more productive way. I also recommend it to introverts as a fun and fascinating look at your personality.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Quiet from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in order to write this review and have shared my honest opinion.