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Quiet by Susan Cain
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Feb 05, 12

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Read from February 03 to 05, 2012

Written by a former Wall Street lawyer and self-labeled introvert, Susan Cain, "Quiet" is important literature in the field of introvert-extrovert research. Although Susan Cain is an introvert, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the focus of this book is on introversion AND extroversion. Cain doesn’t present extroversion as a bad trait, but rather shows the reader how understanding introversion more deeply can be of use to American society. First, introvert-extrovert research is useful for parents trying to figure out how to raise an introverted child. "Quiet" offers these parents practical tips. Second, there is no denying that American culture is generally a more extroverted culture because we value things like individual liberty, or have to market ourselves in order to get a job and advance in that job. Therefore, "Quiet" offers insights about what introverts offer the workforce and how workplaces can stimulate their introverted members. Third, "Quiet" speaks to introverts themselves and boldly challenges them to seek fulfillment in their lives by seeking environments and jobs where they are happiest. Fourth, "Quiet" is useful for people in relationships - romantic or otherwise - to understand general truths about the other personality type, whether the other is an extrovert or an introvert. I liked this book because Mrs. Cain doesn’t make the other seem less important, but she does challenge society to value introversion more, and offers concrete suggestions on how it can do so.
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