Quiet by Susan Cain


Quiet is a non-fiction book that argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to “a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness”.

The book charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. Cain introduces us to successful introverts and shows how they have used their introverted nature to their advantage.

The main themes of the book are the strengths and needs of both introverts and extroverts, the benefits of introversion, and the undervaluation of introverted people in modern Western culture. Cain also discusses the situations in which both personality types feel comfortable and the ways in which each can use the potential of their personality to the fullest.

Useful takeaways from the book include the understanding that introversion should be appreciated, that introverts are not necessarily shy, and that exceptional public speakers are often introverts. The book also highlights the importance of listening, focusing on one task at a time, and having meaningful relationships and work. Overall, Quiet is a powerful book that challenges the traditional view of success and encourages readers to embrace their introverted nature.

What I Liked

Lovely book with smart ideas.

What I Did Not Like

It’s a bit long and the type is hard to read (blame the publisher, not the book though).

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