If you anyone has ever asked you, “Why are you so quiet?” or “Why don't you speak up?” or even “ Why are you so shy?” then this is the book for you. The author Susan Cain explores the preference for the extrovert personality in our culture. The author explores the many ways that these basic personality types differ starting with differences in the nervous systems of persons who may be labeled either introvert or extrovert. As an example, research shows that babies from as early as a few days show what will be their lifelong pattern for taking in and processing the world around them.
Specifically, the introvert or “sensitives” from infanthood are more sensitive i.e. affected (and often) stressed by stimuli around them. The big clue to which type one is, is how and in what way does one recover their energy? Extroverts love much stimuli and are even energized by activity and interactions with others. Introvert types after excessive interaction and/or activity require quiet and solitude to gain their equilibrium.
One fascinating exploration in the book is the collaboration myth which permeates our culture. For example, the push for years in both business and education settings is collaboration and/or teamwork to create new ideas or solve problems. The reality is contrary to this notion. The author using countless research and life examples shows how typically, the life changing ideas and innovations occur in the solitary effort of an individual. Specifically, most work, progress and real insights occur in deep, individual thinking and work, not in brainstorming sessions.
If you know or live with a more reserved type, this book would be a fascinating and helpful read. If you have been made to feel “less than” because you are reserved, thoughtful, and less than gregarious, this book will be a morale booster.