Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Published: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 333
Rating: 4/5

A book exploring our highly extroverted culture and the nature and unharnessed power of introverts.

This book has long been on my shelf, and I'm really happy that I finally got around to reading it.

Introversion and extroversion has been something I have been fascinated with my entire adult life. When I was a child, I was, as I am now, quite introverted, and I, like many others like me, have been made to feel like there's something wrong with you. I have been taught to aspire to the extrovert ideal and this book explores this.

I think this is well written and a rather important book. When I was reading it I was overwhelmed with a feeling of wanting everyone to read it - both introverts and extroverts. It gives insight into different types of people and I think it would be good for everyone to understand a lot of things when it comes to both introverts and extroverts.

And this book really is written for everyone. Cain doesn't idealise either introverts or extroverts, she simply recognises strengths and weaknesses of them, and how to best use them in our society.

I think this would be quite reassuring for introverts to read, and enlightening for extroverts. I also find myself a bit annoyed after reading this - not at the book in the slightest - but at all the people who has ever told me I'm anti-social and need to make more of an effort, and who has ever told an introvert the same thing. If you're one of those people, you need to read this.

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  1. Oh, I think this book is for me. Thanks for the rec!

  2. I read Quiet a little while ago, and as a life long introvert, the narrative really spoke to me on many levels. Like you experienced whilst reading, I had this feeling of wanting / needing everyone to give this book a read.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :-)

    1. Any time! I think a lot of people can connect to it :)


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