Quiet By Susan Cain

ISBN: 978-0670916757

Published By: Viking

Some of you may remember this book Wednesday Wishlist from a couple of weeks ago. I first saw Susan Cain on a Youtube video talking about introverts and extroverts and she was so engaging I wanted to read her book. Well, I managed to get my hands on a copy, and I am very glad I did. 

Cain takes us through the latest research on personality types, and in particular the differences between introverts and extroverts. At no point does she say one is better than the other, just that each as their own strengths and weaknesses. What is most interesting is the way she describes how the world has changed over the last couple of decades to favour extrovert behaviour, particularly in schools and the workplace. Group meetings, brainstorming and workshops are all the rage, but if you are an introvert, those methods of working can be very hard work. Introverts, and I am one, need some mental space to get their thoughts straight. 

Another angle she tackles is the cultural differences between different groups of people and how, when working globally, things can become a little unstuck when a typically extrovert culture works with a typically introverted one. 

It is all very interesting stuff, written with some lovely personal stories. Everyone can learn something from this book.