Monday, November 5, 2012

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

Many books have been written on the subject of personality traits. As businesses and schools try to uncover the secrets to optimal performance, there is an earnest need to determine what makes a person tick.  Is it nature or nurture, or a combination of both?

Since Carl Jung’s notable distinction between introverts and extroverts, many studies have followed to understand these personality types. We have come to believe you can only be one or the other, or that  one is more superior than the other.  Author Susan Cain sets out to challenge these stereotypes through a journey that although at times personal, and other times investigative, is never prescriptive.

 A self-proclaimed introvert, Susan Cain’s book is a journey into the world of the introverted. It  examines how their choices, behaviors and attitudes are developed and perceived. From the halls of Harvard Business Review, to the pews of a grand church, and into the inner mechanisms of the human brain, Susan Cain examines why people are they way they are. And how we inhibit talent when we label individuals or expect them to go against their inherent grain.  She challenges institutionalized policies and procedures that favor extroverts and alienate introverts. Readers are also exposed to introverted icons, artists, and activists who changed the world simply by embracing their unique selves.  


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