An absolutely great book all introverts should read. This book is written in such a way that extroverts will enjoy it too and even understand themselves a bit better. I found this book personally very self-affirming and it gave me hope and power. Cain describes the world of an introvert, the different kinds of introverts, and how we live in a world geared towards extroverts. Since one third of all people are introverts, this book is for everyone wanting to understand and bring out the best in introverts who bring a lot to the table with a different kind of power than the one that is generally accepted.
Here is the blurb from GoodReads:
“At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society. In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.”
The biggest take away from this book for me (besides the immense self-affirmation) is that introverts and extroverts are like yin and yang. They are opposites but belong together. The best teams are not made up of one or the other but a mixture of both. We support and uplift one another if both are catered for living and working environments. Cain talks about the world as celebrating an extroverted way of being which I completely agree with. This book will bring to light all the advantages of quiet power and why introverts are the way they are and how they get stuff done. Reading this book was like being in an interesting conversation with a well spoken and knowledgable person who understands the world of introverts intimately and who makes reference to interesting case studies and research along the way.
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to introverts, parents and spouses of introverts, and anyone who manages people in the working environment. In general, this is a book for everyone though because we will all find ourselves understanding the people around us a little better for having read it.