With her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, author Susan Cain combines a wealth of scientific research with firsthand interviews and accounts to explore the psychological and sociological differences between introverts and extroverts.
She argues that introverts have a great many strengths that go unrecognized not just by a society biased toward extroversion, but often to introverts themselves.
Does it fulfill its promise?
Cain comes from an academic background – she has a law degree from some place called Harvard, which I’m told is not bad – and she’s clearly a thorough researcher; the book not only features dozens of references to scientific studies whose results she has carefully read and reported, but also multiple interviews with psychologists and other experts in the field.
The result is a work that feels thorough and trustworthy.
What can YOU get out of this book?
A lot, especially if you, like me, think you’re more introvert than extrovert. This was a truly seminal book for me; I can’t think of many other books I’ve read that provided me such “aha!” moments.
Cain provides insight into everything from why we introverts feel and behave the way we do to how we can go about interacting with extroverts and playing to our strengths – of which we have many, as she so helpfully and painstakingly explains.
Bottom Line: Do I recommend it?
Yes. Emphatically, wholeheartedly, yes. I highly recommend this book not only to men interested in increased self-awareness and self-improvement, but to anyone interested in better understanding themselves and their fellow human beings. (Which is to say, everyone.)
Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
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