Book Review: Susan Cain’s Quiet

If you’re an introvert you probably have felt shameful of it at some time or another. While it’s okay to be extroverted, introverted people also have a lot to contribute to society too, and it’s okay for us to be quiet, and while we may be pressured to be more extroverted, Susan Cain gives introverts plenty of reason for introverts to be proud of who they are and embrace being introverted. If you’ve ever been confused about your shyness, or wondered why the world works in favor of extroverts then this is a recommended read.

Cain sets up a lot of history as far as how the turn of encouraging people to be more extroverted happened in America, and explaining how introverts do benefits colleges and work places despite their quietness. She also goes over how they feel, and how they have already impacted the world with their strengths. For anyone who has been confused, or felt a little held back by their introverted this can be an encouraging and powerful read to understanding yourself better.

As an introvert it’s always been a little tough to fit especially being on the extreme end of the spectrum of it. Even other introverts might be slightly a little extroverted in their wants. When you actively choose to participate silently though it has often proven to baffle those who have been around me. Susan Cain tries to welcome in introverts, and share a little about their qualities that make them feel a little more at ease with their world. The only thing she almost sounds a little tense toward extroverts sometimes, and a lot of the book drags with points that seem to already have been made over and over again by her.

Each part of the book provides something insightful. If you’re an introvert you might be baffled, and find comfort in how normal your personality traits are. If you’re an extrovert it is worth a read to understand the introverts you probably know, as the book states there are more introverts than extroverts so there is a good chance that you do know some.

As said though the book does tend to ramble a lot and it seems to only focus on how introverts mesh mostly in the business world. It lightly hits on introverted kids, and even babies, but the business side of it is a little dull. It’s more interesting to hear about the traits that an introvert will naturally have that they put, and need to receive in order to feel comfortable.

Susan Cain puts together a great read for people wanting to gain more insight into a personality that is often misunderstood. Introverts aren’t necessarily always shy, nor are they always even quiet, but the world has given both personalities strong stereotypes that are difficult for an individual to shape themselves now if someone knows the traits of someone of those personalities and instantly meshes them into everyone of them. Cain’s book gives you a lot of moments where you feel like you’ve finally found something relatable, and know that you aren’t the only one who deals with the highs and lows of being an introvert.

Rating 7 of 10

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing in exchange for a review.

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