Quiet // Susan Cain

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An exploration of the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in modern culture. Aimed largely at working professionals, Quiet describes the ways in which introverts are misunderstood and undervalued in the Western world.


In 3 sentences:

Introverts make up 1/3 of the world’s population, and are neurophysiologically different from extroverts in how they respond to stimuli.

Current Western culture favours extroverted qualities like gregariousness and on-command charisma, making it difficult for introverts to feel normal.

Introverts need to accept themselves as they are, and social structures need to be modified to accommodate and nurture introverted tendencies.


Read it if:

You feel guilty about being passive, quiet, and withdrawn.

You are an introvert who would like to understand yourself better.

You think that differences in people’s temperament boils down to choice.


Skip it if:

You want a clearly unbiased book – the arguments here are somewhat polarised against extroverts.

You’re looking for hard science – this book is mostly cultural commentary and anecdotes, drawing heavily from the author’s own experiences.


Goodreads Rating:  4.05 / 5

Length: 333 pages

Buy the book: Quiet – Susan Cain

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