Our latest book is Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain. Book Club hostess Jacqueline Steward, who blogs at Best and Beyond, starts us off on the discussion below. Read what she thought about the book and join in.
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Discussing Susan Cain’s Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
I looked forward to reading this title a lot. I thought I had it all worked out: one introvert and three extroverts in our family. Reading this book I learned a lot more than I expected. Three of us are pretty typical high-reactive introverts and one is an ambivert (if you can classify canines, our dog is a high-reactive introvert too). I didn’t learn much about ambiverts in the book but I did learn much about the qualities associated with introverts. In the main, they are qualities to be cherished and celebrated (perhaps in an introverted way).
My interest in this book was really to learn about my children but I ended up learning a lot more about myself. The areas looking at temperament and personality really resonated for me. It’s always great when you learn much more from a book and about yourself than you’d anticipated. I found it revelatory and reassuring that Pete Cashmore considers himself an introvert. Cfool. How many BritMums members are introverts?
I have an obsession with heroes/heroines in contemporary family animation think Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs or the new Lego The Movie. Both heroes and heroines sit on the high-reactive introvert scale. They sit outside the mainstream, like a challenge and don’t conform even when it might be in their best interests. They give every kid (and parents of the kid) the vision to know that it is OK to be authentic and be yourself. Why are these qualities so overlooked in the mainstream?
Susan Cain demonstrates that most things in society, from classroom layouts to workforce reorganisations are to the benefit of extroverts. Introverts — often the thinkers, leaders and ideas people — are regularly short-changed by the emphasis on cultivating extroverts-ideal environments.
Quiet has given me a lot to think about and from reading other reviews I know it will stick with me for quite some time.
What did you think? Were there any surprises for you? Looking forward to reading your thoughts and reviews on this thoughtful, interesting book.