Thursday, March 21, 2013
If you sometimes feel overwhelmed and out of place in this noisy, "wild & crazy" culture we live in, take heart - You are not alone! This book, Quiet- The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, will introduce you to others throughout history that have felt your pain, yet still left their mark. Pulling from her life experiences as an introvert working as a corporate lawyer, as well as her 5 years of research, Susan Cain offers suggestions for ways to cope and excel without feeling like the so-called misfit.
As a person who has often heard the comment "you are so quiet" I was totally delighted by this book. It is not often an introvert hears the message that it is acceptable to be quiet and reflective without being told that those attributes are also self-centered and indulgent.
Instead of viewing introversion as weak and limiting the book points to the strengths and advantages of having a calm and sensitive spirit. Also brought into focus is how introverts and extroverts can complement each other and work together to achieve great results - think brains & brawn or thought & action. This is a great read for parents, teachers and supervisors looking to understand and bring out the best in their child, student or employee.
Some of the topics covered in Quiet include - finding your "sweet spot" as far as social activity is concerned; how to recharge when going outside your comfort zone; how to do your best at your job (even if you are in sales!); and how to be a pseudo-extrovert (should you?)
The author has included an extensive Notes and Index section as well as a Readers Guide; a Recommended Reading list; tips for Public Speaking; tips for Parents and tips for Educators.
Whether you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert the best way to use the wealth of information in this book is summed up in this quote from the author "take what applies to you and use the rest to improve your relationships with others."
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Press through their Blogging for Books program. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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