Chris Giovagnoni's Reviews > Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet by Susan Cain
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Mar 20, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 18 to 29, 2012

Written in the style of Malcolm Gladwell, Quiet is engaging, encouraging, educational, interesting and enjoyable to read. Part One: The Extrovert Ideal launches the book like a rocket, telling introverts everywhere, "You are not alone, and nothing is wrong with you." It's powerfully good stuff.

The rest of the book hums along in a speedy way, just ratcheted down a hair, as it focuses on the scientific foundation of our temperaments: nature, nurture, free will, the role of dopamine, etc., before moving into considerations about what to do with this new understanding and acceptance of ourselves as introverts. How do we talk to other personality types? How do we raise introverted children? When should we step beyond our natural leanings and into more extroverted behavior?

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