Amy Formanski Duffy's Reviews > Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet by Susan Cain
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Feb 16, 2012

it was amazing

I loved this book! Finally someone intelligent put together all of the positive points of being an introvert. In our culture it's considered a character flaw to be shy or introspective. But the author points out that those of us who are on the introverted side of the spectrum are great thinkers, dreamers, creative types, who have the ability to analyze problems and learn from mistakes. We think before we speak and make cautious decisions. The world needs a balance on introverts and extroverts to create progress. And like most people, I am attracted to my opposites, so my husband and many of my dearest friends are classic extroverts. There's a whole chapter on dealing with conflict in extrovert/introvert partnerships that gave me some insights into my marriage. What I thought were just man/woman differences actually has more to do with extrovert/introvert communication styles. I think this book would be especially helpful to people like my husband who find introverts so puzzling. It took me many years to accept myself as I am and to feel proud of my strengths. I have learned to act like an extrovert when I need to, but I still need time alone to sit and think and read and enjoy quiet to feel happy. And that's okay. It's just how I'm wired.
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Reading Progress

February 16, 2012 – Shelved
May 15, 2013 – Started Reading
May 16, 2013 –
page 43
May 20, 2013 –
page 97
May 21, 2013 –
page 115
May 22, 2013 –
page 155
May 29, 2013 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Nikki (new)

Nikki This book keeps knocking at my door. I am a total extrovert, but our profession is full of introverts, and I think all librarians could benefit from understanding both sides better. I want to cry after meetings where I am the only person who speaks up - I wonder, why doesn't anyone else contribute, or care? But I bet this book would offer some tools on how to appreciate the introverts AND how to draw them out when the time is right.

message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Formanski Duffy Yes!!!! This book would give you some insights. After reading the section on introverts in the workplace I was really confused by the library's lack of understanding that the majority of their workers fall into this category. Brainstorming sessions and open workspaces aren't very helpful for introverts. It also explains the super awkward work parties!!!:)

message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine Aron did similar things for me, though it's more of a coaching approach to the topic - she's a Jungian psychologist. Glad you found this one helpful, maybe I'll check it out from my library!

message 4: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Formanski Duffy The author mentions The Highly Sensitive Person a lot. I'll check that one out too!

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