20. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
"This book is about introversion as seen from a cultural point of view," Cain writes. It's a pretty fascinating read on the topic, at times disheartening as she describes the "extrovert ideal" and how it affects management, idea generation, and leadership in the US while at other times reassuring to introverts, highlighting their strengths and approaches to problems.
The book actually feels quite balanced when it comes to introversion and extroversion. Neither trait is better, each is suited to different tasks and approaches and Cain gives many examples.
Culturally in the US, introversion is seen as a flaw, something to overcome. It's not that easy for an introvert to do unless they are passionate about the subject. Even then they will need time to recharge. The book suggests a few strategies for that.
I think my favorite chapter was the one about raising introvert children. That contained a lot of useful suggestions and strategies for building their confidence in non-aggressive ways. I wish my parents had had this book when I was little.
This is a great book for extroverts to read to help them understand our fundamentally different experiences of our environments. Some of it is just genetics. At least 30% of us are introverts, some studies say 50%. Just because outgoing-ness is prized in the US does not make it so everywhere.
The book is well researched with thorough notes given at the end by page number.
Highly recommended for introverts and extroverts alike.
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