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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain,  Kathe Mazur Shy, anti-social, withdrawn, snobby, disinterested, unintelligent – any introvert has heard at least one of these words used to describe himself at some point in time in his life. In our appearance-fascinated society, introversion is seen as a negative attribute. Yet, plenty of introverts have gone on to have a profound impact in history and even in today’s personality-driven culture. In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain uses real-life examples and the latest research to dispel the myth that introversion is a negative personality trait. She also makes the strong argument that society needs introverts to offset some of the brasher instincts of extroverts. In other words, while introverts may not rule the world, they are the yang to extroverts’ yin and a necessary part of the harmony of life.Defining Quiet is like trying to define an introvert, as neither fits into any one category or definition. It is not a collection of research on the subject restated for the layperson; it is not a self-help book. There are elements of both in the book, but neither truly define the process by which Ms. Cain analyzes introversion versus extroversion as well as informs and advises readers who may be introverts or who regularly interact with them – in other words everyone. Much of the book is spent helping introverted readers feel positive about the attributes not considered popular in today’s society while simultaneously providing advice on how best to thrive in a society that prizes extroversion above all else. At the same time, she also instructs extroverted readers on why introverts act certain ways and why they may not be able to do anything about it. There is a little something for everyone in the text, including clinical research for those who want scientific data to back up observations, making it truly a catch-all text.Kathe Mazur has the perfect voice for this unassuming book. Calm, deliberate, and soft, she embodies the introvert temperament and mannerisms discussed at length in the book. She lets the power of the words speak for themselves without adding any unnecessary dramatization. For fellow introverts, it is a soothing performance, informing as well as relaxing a listener and providing one with those important restorative niches Ms. Cain discusses. For extroverts listening, her delivery is subtle but powerful, inviting even the most distracted listener to pay attention to her important words. If anything, Ms. Mazur’s narration drives home Ms. Cain’s point about the power and influence of introversion.Quiet is an engaging and informative book for any reader but particularly empowering to introverted readers. Her celebration of their strengths and skills is a much-needed respite from a society that prizes outgoing, enthusiastic, take-charge, quick-thinking people, all of which a typical introvert is not. Her use of the most recent research regarding physiological differences between intro-and extroverts is particularly compelling and will help introverts everywhere realize that they were born that way. The real-person examples and helpful hints for maneuvering in an extroverted world all give one license to celebrate the power of introverts and their ability to change the world for the better.