By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Canít Stop Talking
By Susan Cain (Viking, $29.95, softcover, 333 pages)
Quiet will prove to be a valuable study regardless of whether you are an introvert, an extrovert or if you fall in-between.
It will, in fact, boost the confidence of the former, allow extroverts to learn more about life on the other side and it’s the best of both worlds for those in the middle.
According to Susan Cain, a former Wall Street attorney, an estimated third of us are on the introvert side with some of the world’s most talented people in that category.
Some of the famous introverts in history include Mahatma Gandhi, Vincent Van Gogh, Frederic Chopin, Al Gore, J. K. Rowling, Steven Spielberg and Steve Wozniak.
To illustrate the extrovert philosophy, Cain profiles self-help guru Tony Robbins and visits Dale Carnegie’s birthplace, Harvard Business School and an evangelical megachurch.
“We’re told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable...” Sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as undesirable.
Susan shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differ, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts.
Having spent five years researching the positive and negative aspects of being shy, she gives introverts the tools to understand themselves and to take full advantage of their strengths.
Filled with ‘real’ stories, Quiet is fervently argued, splendidly examined and is sure to change how we see introverts and, of course, ourselves.
Specialising in psychological non-fiction, the book tries not to get too hung up on definitions, opting instead to concern itself more with the “fruit of that research”.
Susan eloquently speaks the language of quiet.
Edition 312, 8 May 2012
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