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Quiet by Susan Cain

Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Uncategorized

Quiet by Susan Cain_65pI like empirical data, so one of my favorite parts of “Quiet” is the insights researchers and analysts provided that can help introverts take advantage of their unique traits and characteristics.

As an introvert with an extrovert’s job I know that there are times when I am jealous of my charismatic woo-filled colleagues.

On the other hand, “Quiet” helps remind people like me that we can thrive on our own terms, in our own way, in an extrovert-affirming world.

Can helps her readers to appreciate that attributes common to introverts (and extroverts) are assets in different settings. Cain advises introverts to recognize and embrace our own “sweet spot.”

I appreciated how Susan Cain, like Brene Brown, helped make research engaging.
– Bios brought energy and insight
– Significant research was brought to light

From the start – the self-quiz which helps readers identify their own degree of introversion or extroversion – to the finish – practical advice on how introverts can comfortably act more like extroverts when they need to; and how parents and teachers can relate to introverted children and help them feel safe, cared for, and understood in an extrovert world – this is an interesting book.

I have two minor complaints about the book:

First, too often Cain refers to introverts as “quiet”:
– I express my opinion in public and private settings
– I actively participate in group discussions
– And, public speaking is a significant part of my job

And second, while this is a well-research and thorough book, I found myself skimming parts when she seemed to repeat herself.

Conclusion:

I wasn’t certain what to think when I chose to read “Quiet”. It sounded like a dry and boring subject. On the other hand, Susan Cain has written a fascinating, well-researched, and well-written book that introverts and extroverts will both benefit from reading “Quiet”.

Introverts – Read it to appreciate yourself more.
Extroverts – Read it to understand people who you haven’t been able to figure out yet.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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