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Quiet by Susan Cain
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Apr 04, 12

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Read from March 31 to April 03, 2012

Quiet is a quick read, likely due to Cain's conversational tone and ability to convey personal stories, examples and scientific basis for the introvert-extrovert paradigm clearly and engagingly. As a self-admitted introvert who has, at least for the most part, come to terms with living in a "world that can't stop talking," it was still refreshing/comforting/validating to finally hear someone speaking "loudly" about introversion, its strengths and how to constructively manage it without the negativity that's associated with it.

While I appreciate that the first three chapters about the extrovert ideal are indispensable in understanding what it means to be extroverted in modern society, I didn't find these chapters nearly as interesting as those about the physiological differences (and the gene cross environment interactions) associated with introvert and extrovert personalities, the chapter about when to "fake" being an extrovert, or the chapter about how to communicate effectively across the introvert-extrovert gap.

Sometimes it might feel as though the book is about talking about all the great things about introverts, and, as I mentioned earlier, it's nice to have these strengths extolled, since they rarely are, and to finally make bold as to say "Yes, there are many, successful, happy people like you; you're not broken because you're not loud." However, as is clear from Cain's introduction, it's not really the point to say that one personality characteristic is better than another. Rather it seems as though Cain wants to increase the knowledge base so that everyone can utilize it not only to take advantage of all of a group's strengths, but to understand ourselves, others and have more productive and healthy lives.
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