Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
This is a book that really changed my perceptions of myself and the diversity of the human personality. It does a beautiful job of summarizing how our culture evolved to value traits such as charm, having an outgoing nature, and assertiveness over things like reliability, trustworthiness, and hard work. Cain helps bring into question current assumptions about those of us with quiet personalities and society’s preference for extroverts that influences workplaces and learning institutions all over the world.
My partner had the privilege of hearing Susan Cain at a recent conference and we both really love the points she makes in her presentation. You can watch a recording of one she did in Europe here; the talk is to professionals, so the theme is how this information is applicable to adults (and specifically in the workplace), but I think her points and themes translate to everyday life, parenting, and partnership as well.
Whether or not you are an introvert, I highly recommend reading this book (especially if you are a parent, educator, in relationship with an introvert, or in a supervisory position at work). She has since written a version of the book for and about kids & teens titled, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts.
If you’ve read either or both books, please share your reflections!