Quiet

Susan Cain
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a non-fiction book written by Susan Cain, where she argues that introvert people and their achievements often are under-valued in modern society compared to extroverts who are more comfortable promoting themselves. She discusses the problems that are associated with this structure, like wasted talent, energy and happiness. In the book, we also get to meet a set of successful introverts who share their methods for thriving in a world of extroverts.

About a third of the general population are introverts, and if you too are one of us, I am sure you’ll find great comfort in reading this book and realizing how many we are that share the same frustrations, and learn a bit of how we can overcome them.

In the book, Cain shows how the ideal of being extroverted and the impact of this has grown throughout the twentieth century, as the importance placed on having character diminished in favour of having personality. At the same time she makes it clear how large a chunk of the population actually is introverted, and gives communication advice both for introverts and for introvert-extrovert relationships.