Do you know someone who abruptly leaves a party unannounced and the next day tells you she had a great time? How about someone who says he gets “over stimulated” by large crowds or in big box stores? Do you need a lot of down time in order to be sociable? If any of this sounds familiar, you will want to read Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
Cain discusses the difference between extroverts and introverts in this book. The premise is not as simplistic as it sounds. Cain isn’t arguing that there are only two types of people in the world, extroverts and introverts; she is investigating the characteristics of these two personality types and describing how American culture has come to value one more than the other.
Cain offers examples of how introverted adults have developed coping mechanisms that allow them to be successful while dealing with their quiet nature. This book may be of particular interest to parents of children who are deemed shy or quiet. They may gain insight into their children through the eyes of the adults in the examples Cain provides.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
By Susan Cain
Published: Crown, 1/2012 $26.00