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Quiet by Susan Cain
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Jun 23, 12

Read from June 10 to 23, 2012

I always hesitate to ascribe books with too much life-value - in this age of self-help books I'm very cautious about the illusion of thinking you can fit the answer to your life's questions within the pages of one book or based on the word of one author. According to Susan Cain, this cautious approach is a manifestation of my introvertedness, and this is only a few of the, yes, life-changing insights I gained through reading this book. If you know that you are an introvert, or if you just don't know why you don't seem to enjoy loud parties and huge crowds as much as "most people", or if you feel guilty about staying at home with your book when you're invited to a party, then you need to read this book.

It's concise, well-researched and clearly written, and it simply made me understand myself and others to a degree that I've never been able to before. I now know why I am not a fan of cocktail-party situations, why I stand at the edge of a group and observe rather than jump into the fray, why I need time to think before I can give an answer to a lot of questions, and why there's absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things. Everyone should read this book - not because it makes a case that introverts are better than extroverts or vice versa, but because a LOT of people are introverted and in this age of the Extrovert Ideal those people are routinely overlooked and/or underrated. There needs to be more of a balance between extroverts and introverts, in schools, universities, workplaces and on a personal level. This book beautifully explains the yin and yang of it all, and I highly recommend it to everyone.
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