Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingQuiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I read books, I categorize them as mind, body or soul. Soul is usually reserved for those books that talk about what is "around" us.. faith based books that discuss what we cannot see, but continue to believe, for example. I broke that rule and added this book to my "soul" list. I just found that Quiet resonated with me that well, that it deserved a spot on that list. Always being the person who wanted to be the wallflower, always wanted to lay low, always needing to find some personal downtime after a work week... all while watching others blow off steam by partying hard, going out, having fun in public places around other people. It just felt good to know that the world is much more introverted than I had realized.. and that my introversion isn't as extreme as I thought it was.

I appreciated many things that Susan Cain wrote, but I particularly enjoyed how she put herself in both introvert and extrovert places to discuss the social dynamics. For example, in one chapter, she is attending an Asian-American night class that discusses American social queue's, which is meant to help Asian-American's learn how to be more expressive in the "American style" workplace. In another chapter, she visit's a Tony Robbins seminar, showing what lengths folks will go to just to emulate something\someone they're not. Even the epilogue of the book is very spot on, albeit short, that beautifully summarizes all you need to know on how to handle your own introversion, and highlights the strengths around both being an introvert, and raising a child who is one as well.

Recommended reading for corporate management.. and anyone who prefer's to be home and enjoy solitude :)

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