Last January, our book club members read Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Cain’s argument that the qualities of an introvert can help them succeed in a world where being outgoing is most desired was eye opening. Many of our book club members realized they were introverts, including me. For all the gory details check out our discussion Quiet.
Whether you’re introverted or extroverted, there’s no doubt that a balance of both types of personalities is ideal for any group environment. Here’s the publisher’s description of Quiet:
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.
Today Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking comes out in paperback and we have 2 copies to give to two lovely readers! US and Canadian address only. No P.O. Boxes.
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