“Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that can’t stop talking” is a well-researched non-fiction book by author Susan Cain that talks about introversion and shyness. The book argues that the western culture gives undue importance to what the author calls “the extrovert ideal” and underestimates the introverts’ strength.
Drawing heavily upon research in the fields of psychology, biology and neuroscience, she elaborates on the advantages and disadvantages of both the temperaments and stresses that all of us lie somewhere on the continuum and not in any of the extremes. Our temperament need not become our destiny says the author. She claims that introverts can be achievers (supported by the examples of introvert achievers in history like the Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak and Albert Einstein) .
I am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or team-work…for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding.
– Albert Einstein
Do all cultures have an extrovert ideal? Here she gives some credit to the Asian cultures where introversion is accepted and appreciated.
Finally, she gives some practical advice to introverts to cope up with the extroverts around them and the world which praises the extroverts.
The author has also given a TED talk on the same.
+ + +
- Very well-researched work.
- Good argumentation.
- Deep insights.
- The coping techniques. Instead of just explaining a problem, she has given some solutions.
- I especially liked the part about “raising quiet kids”.
– – –
- Though most of the book has the right balance of research findings and layman talk, at times the research findings are in such detail that it feels like reading an academic work.
. . .
- Read the notes at the end and try to follow some of the references. This is fascinating if you are interested.
For all, introverts and extroverts!