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Review of author Susan Cain and her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”
Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream but it wasn’t until Rosa Parks quietly stayed seated on an Alabama bus over fifty years ago, that his dream went viral. Separate, but together, the extrovert (King) and introvert (Parks) changed America.
Susan Cain intriguingly weaves theirs, and other stories, with scientific studies, interviews, and her own personal experiences to analyze and validate characteristics, needs, and complexities of introverts (I) and, to a lesser degree, extroverts (E) in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
Learn why introverted negotiators may have the upper hand in business, why ‘risk’ needs ‘rational’ for sustained success, and why some introverts choose to masquerade as extroverts in public.
Understand how culture influences behavior and why Asian-American high school students score scholarships but say Harvard Business School rewards their extroverted peers with better grades.
Discover why ‘reaction to stimulation’ is independent of I/E but integral to understanding motivation and relationships. Some people are born loving loud music, zip lines and have 10,000 BFFs, while others thrive in silence detesting even white noise and clashing colors.
Introverts excel in creativity and problem solving, says Cain. Give them offices with doors. For extroverted salespeople and politicians—solitude is a downer and conflict a challenge.
With a third to half of our population introverts, according to cited studies, educators shouldn’t over use team-teaching, group assignments or force spontaneous verbal participation. Deep thinkers like Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Harry Potter’s creator, JK Rowling bring clarity, imagination and color to our world.
As a reader I give Quiet two thumbs up. As a grandma, Quiet, makes me want to be the calm for my grandkids who need a tree house, not play dates, and the hurricane for those who crave interaction.
Quiet—don’t just read it—pass it on.
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