My guess is most readers of my blog have not read Susan Cain’s book Quiet. My encouragement is that you should.
Her book first came on my radar in 2012 when I heard her interviewed briefly about it at a Catalyst conference. I was intrigued but didn’t reach for it until now. Too bad I didn’t read it earlier.
Why? Because she helps you get it-the differences between extroverts and introverts. She helps you embrace your introversion, if you are one. And she helps the extrovert understand you. Yes, that’s possible. She even gives you insights into those people who appear to be one but are really the other. You’re intrigued now, aren’t you?
So who should read this book?
- Anyone who suspects they are introverted but aren’t sure
- Anyone who knows they’re introverted and struggle with it
- Anyone who lives with an introvert
- Anyone who works for or leads introverts
- Anyone who wonders why they are drawn to have introverted friends
Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them in energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet. P266
This is one of those books to not only read but add to your library. Power Up!