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Monday, April 02, 2012

Quiet by Susan Cain

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

"It's not that I'm so smart," says Einstein, who was a consumate introvert. "It's that I stay with the problems longer."
-Albert Einstein

"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quietshows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so."

Susan Cain's book is brilliant. It displays many scientists theories on the behavior of the human brain. This allows the reader to draw conclusions about the research as a whole. We follow Susan to Tony Robins seminars, Saddleback Church, and seminars to teach introverts how to defy the odds and master public speaking. We are shown how the creative population is mostly introverted and see how sharing our ideas can benefit everyone.

For me personally, this book was a breath of fresh air. You see that introverted people view the world on amuch deeper plain than their extroverted counterparts. They are thoughtful and intuitive where the extraverts seem bold as well as superficial. Introverts crave deep conversation and tend to not understand people who can talk about nothing. A current social ideology is laid out that extroversion is better, but it is unbalanced. Introverts are brilliant, creative, and aware of danger. There is a great need for them in society. Solitude and carefully processed thoughts are beneficial to all of society. The book is full of details and scientific facts, but Susan Cain is an excellent writer that carried these points within her story. Quiet also helped me to understand extroverts. Great read.

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah for review.
*This is not a Christian resource.

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