Book Review | Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Title: Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Author: Susan Cain
Year: 2012
Publisher: Crown Publishers
Pages: 266
Topics Covered:  Introvert, Extrovert, Communication

Introverts vs. Extroverts – no two labels have had more of an impact on people’s lives than these two. The reality is that the world praises the ‘Extrovert’ and we signify it with confidence and success. Susan Cain’s book, Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, is the rally cry for all introverts. As a fellow introvert I chose this book to read because I wanted to learn more about who I am, why I am the way I am and why I should feel proud about it. Susan explains through her book why we shouldn’t feel shame or guilt for being introverted and why we are powerful in our silence and inward thinking approach.

What I Learned

Quiet reinforced my belief that introverts are powerful and strong in their moments of silence. Susan Cain walks you through several research studies, scientific data and psychological theory to explain why introverts and extroverts are the way they are. But there is no clear black and white label. Some introverts, like me, are very capable of putting on an extrovert exterior for certain periods of time. Susan gives the reader examples of powerful introverts that the world has produced; introverts like Rosa Parks and Gandhi. She shows that in their quiet nature, they were forces to be reckoned with. Reading this book gave me answers to questions like, are introvert characteristics hereditary and how can I be an introvert and still be a strong leader?

Why You Should Read This Book

You should read this book if you would like to learn more about introverts and how they survive and thrive in this world that praises extroverts. If you are an extrovert that has fallen in love with an introvert, this could be your manual to understand them better. There is a lot of technical data in this book that may lose you at times but there is also a lot of heart and if you are an introvert, you won’t be able to put this book down as it validates who you are and teaches you how truly beautiful you are and have always been.

Favourite Quotes

  • “Why shouldn’t quiet be strong? And what else can quiet do that we don’t give it credit for?” – pg. 2
  • “Respect your loved ones’ need for socializing and you own for solitude (and vice versa if you’re an extrovert).” – pg. 265
  • “If your children are quiet, help them make peace with new situations and new people, but otherwise let them be themselves. Delight in the originality of their minds. Take pride in the strength of their consciences and the loyalty of their friendships. Don’t expect them to follow the gang. Encourage them to follow their passions instead. Throw confetti when they claim the fruits of those passions, whether it’s on the drummer’s throne, on the softball field, or on the page.” – pg. 265

Final Thoughts

This book is a masterpiece by Susan Cain. I believe only an introvert could have written this book and Susan is definitely one of the leaders of this introvert tribe. Being an introvert is not a flaw or disadvantage. Being an introvert means you have power in your silence and solitude. Being an introvert means you are a force to be reckoned with in this world. Stand proud. There is greatness within you.

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