Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain. Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to “a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness”.

The book presents a history of how Western culture transformed from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an “extrovert ideal” dominates and introversion is viewed as inferior or even pathological. Adopting scientific definitions of introversion and extroversion as preferences for different levels of stimulation, Quiet outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each temperament, emphasizing the myth of the extrovert ideal that has dominated in the West since the early twentieth century. Asserting that temperament is a core element of human identity, Cain cites research in biology, psychology, neuroscience and evolution to demonstrate that introversion is both common and normal, noting that many of humankind’s most creative individuals and distinguished leaders were introverts. Cain urges changes at the workplace, in schools, and in parenting; offers advice to introverts for functioning in an extrovert-dominated culture; and offers advice in communication, work, and relationships between people of differing temperament.

Learnings:

  1. In case of divorce, introverts cannot hold to it and has less number of divorce cases. But for extroverts, they are not affected by divorces and has more cases.

  2. “If the task of the first half of life is to put yourself out there, the task of the second half is to make sense of where you’ve been.

  3. In night time, the cortisol (stress hormone) is less so you can devote time to anything with continuous focus.

  4. Introvert persons are great in focus as they are not distracted by any other things and finds beauty in solitude.

  5. Teachers think that their ideal student are the Extrovert student, not the introvert students like Einstein, Lary Page etc.

  6. Two cups of coffee per day is the good way to stay focus.

  7. The terms introvert and shy are different. They can be similar but are not congruent. The shy is the person who is shy in front of people, who fears a lot. where as the introvert is the person who knows much but overstimulates much.

  8. “Speaking is not act of extroversion”. People think it is . It has nothing to do with extroversion. It’s a performance, and many performers are hugely introverted.

  9. Introverts person can survive many disasters because they don’t all the requirements to live or to go on. Few handful things are enough for them whereas for extrovert, it requires lot of things , to survive , to handle, to survive. So, all the human ancestors who were introverts remained more and contribute to today’s human civilization.

  10. An introvert person become intrinsically matured as time passes on. Their priorities changes, their working changes.