"Quiet" by Susan Cain is brilliantly done in explaining the introverted self. She starts the book by giving a brief history lesson on the rise of “the extroverted ideal”. At the turn of the 19th century the “rise of the Culture of Personality” took hold among the American population. Infatuation of movie stars, and advertising only hastened the change from the “culture of character” to that of personality.
The author delves into the different aspects of life where the extroverted ideal reigns. She shows how the ideal touches on the entire school life from pre-school through college. Also, how the ideal is prevalent in the work place. After showing examples of the ideal and how it touches most every part of our life, she goes into the biological studies on the introverted mind.
Author Susan Cain stays away from the in depth medical terms, which makes this portion an easy read. She includes studies that are not only short term in nature, i.e. brain scans, but also long term studies that started with infants and concluded when they were college students. She then devotes a chapter on how the introverted mind can go beyond itself and stretch its boundaries.
The final part of the book the author offers suggestions on how to love and how to work. She offers some advice on both personal relationships and work relationships. The biggest point she drove home was for an introvert to find their quiet time.
This book is wonderfully put together, Susan Cain touches on so many different aspects of the introverted life/mind while not getting too technical in her descriptions. This book is excellent for both the extroverts as well as introverts we all meet. I would highly recommend this book to anyone in a leadership position.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.