Sunday, June 3, 2012
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
As the title suggests, this book focuses on the power of introverts in today's extroverted world. It is divided into four sections--the extrovert ideal, the influence of biology in introvert-ism, culture's effect on the extrovert ideal, and how to live as an introvert in today's extrovert world. The second section may be dull to some people and the third irrelevant, but the first and last sections are well-worth the time. As an introvert myself, I wanted to underline many passages, especially the ones about introverts being "differently," not less, social. I also thought it was interesting how the author tied a cultural shift from "Character" to "Personality" to the rise of extrovertism as the ideal. I also appreciated the tips in the last part about how to use introvertism, as well as ways to remain honest in situations that seem to call for extrovertism. I recommend this book to introverts and friends of introverts--very insightful.