Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (by Susan Cain: nonfiction) © 2012

Rating: 4/5

Summary: Susan Cain’s book on introversion puts to rest the notion that introversion is a personality disorder. More importantly, Cain points out that our temperaments are set at birth. Cain notes that our personalities are established by our genes, brains, nervous system and influenced by free will. We can stretch ourselves and our temperaments but only within the limits of our genetic elasticity.  At our core, we will always be a deep thinking, sensitive introvert or an adventurous, reward seeking extrovert.

Review: Quiet is a wonderfully written, analytical, and insightful book. Data and real life accounts presented in this book affirm that both personality types can provide brilliant ideas and solutions to business and life’s dilemmas. Since neither personality type is better than the other, what the author promotes is our need to understand one another to achieve more productive and harmonious family, work, or social relationships. Most introverts reading this book will intuitively know much of what is revealed in this book, nevertheless, it is comforting to know our strength of persistent inspection enables us to solve problems that appear unsolvable! “In a world that can’t stop talking,” Cain brilliantly illustrates through a group exercise that it is the introvert’s quiet assurance that gives immense value to their contributions.

Read-a-likes: How children succeed : grit, curiosity, and the hidden power of character by Paul Tough draws on ground breaking research in neuroscience, economics, and psychology to enlighten us with the fact that character: skills like grit, curiosity, conscientiousness, and optimism are more important to success than IQ. This book is available in the library’s nonfiction collection in several formats: hardcover, audio book, and eAudiobook.

Availability: This book is available from the Lake Bluff Public Library’s nonfiction collection, nonfiction audiobook collection, and My Media Mall in downloadable ebook and eAudiobook format.

Review by Valerie.

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