Introverts Unite! Quiet By Susan Cain

May 2, 2012

Introversion and shyness are not the same thing–one point Susan Cain makes in her recent book,  Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. defines an introvert as “a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings” Cain’s book makes the point that many people are introverted–between 1/3 to 1/2 of the population and we miss out on their thoughts and creativity due to their preference for solitude.

From the jacket:

“Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.”

Watch Susan Cain’s TED Talk as she describes the ironies of introversion and leaves the audience with 3 tasks to make better use of the power of introverts. Before you watch the Talk however, read her Back Page essay in The New York Times “An Introvert Steps Out” to see how she mustered the ability to get in front of all those audience members.