There are few books that come along that can be considered necessary reading. Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking is one of those books. Whether you are a recovering introvert; a life long-card carrying introvert; someone who wonders about the nature of introversion; or someone wondering where you fall on the continuum between introversion and extroversion – this book is a must read.
For anyone versed in the notions of sensitivity or temperament some of this book will be covering familiar territory. For anyone who has worked with me, you have heard me talk about Jerome Kagan and his work with infants. But whether you are new to these concepts, or have lived with them for a while, there is a great deal in this book that will be illuminating.
Susan Cain does a great job of explaining how our culture evolved to value extroversion. She gently and elegantly explains the neurobiology of temperament and helps us understand how our neurobiology predisposes us to find the dynamics of groups to be more or less empowering situations in which to express ourselves.
For every introvert who has wondered “am I crazy?”, or “why am I the only person who sees this?”, Susan Cain helps you understand the answer. If every introvert, or recovering introvert had this book’s vocabulary and lens through which to understand the world – the path to healing the injured introvert would be much more of a straight line.
Unfortunately, for so many introverts there is a requirement to heal before becoming an empowered introvert. Childhood experience, cultural expectations, and the process of adapting to a culture of extroversion result in great injury for the introvert.