This week I read ‘Quiet’ by Susan Cain. The book has the subtitle ‘The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking’ and is, in its essence, a reflection on how many modern societies discourages introverted behavior and why Cain believes this is a dang shame.! For me it was a real page-turner that got me reflecting on my own preferences and how the ‘twists and turns’ of life has shaped me into the 41-year-old; Mom, Youtuber, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Busines women, Entrepreneur, I am today.
I can only recommend reading the full book, but should you find yourself short on time, you can check out our animated summary of the book on the YouTube Channel
Here is a small teaser on the key Insight we will walk you through.
Key Insight #1 Introverts versus extroverts
According to Cain, our lives are highly impacted by where we fall on the Introvert-Extrovert spectrum.
There are many differences between Extroverts and Introverts.
As a general rule, most extroverts would rather talk than listen. They relish company, and their outgoing, vibrant nature draws people to them.
On the other hand, Introverts tend to be more reserved and less motivated by fame and fortune. They may be social and enjoy parties but often prefer spending quality time with friends or family.
With that said, it is important to emphasize that the human personality is highly complex. All introverts or extroverts are not alike, and there is a broad spectrum within each personality type.
#2 Why Society favors extroverts
In the 1920s and 1930s, as corporate America flourished, people’s fascination with movie stars grew, and the influence of advertisements became stronger. And so began the shift from a strong societal focus on character to an even stronger focus on personality.
Great power now came from having a great personality, and your demeanor and reputation immensely affected your success both in Society and business and as a result Society started valuing extroversion as the preferred personality trait.
#3 Why Society needs to stop underestimating introverts.
Now that we have learned how the glorification of extroversion came about, Susan Cain emphasizes why it is entirely unreasonable.
She points out that some of the greatest minds within Arts, Politics, Entrepreneurship, and science belong to introverts and emphasize introversion’s strengths and unique qualities. Qualities such as persistence, heightened sensitivity, and empathy! She also highlights that Introverts make great leaders because of their predisposition to listen and their openness to carry out the suggestions of others.
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