Being shy is not a crime

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

A friend recommended this to me and I am glad I took the time to read this book, otherwise I would have missed out on this gem.
What I liked about this book is that it is a not a how to. Cain does a wonderful job of exploring the world that both extroverts and introverts inhabit and how they come into conflict with each other. Cain does not decry or champion either side in this battle but looks at how being an extrovert in some cultures has almost become a requirement.
There are some wonderful case studies in this book that look how the rise of extroverts has overwhelmed those who are thinkers, who need time to construct a response.  The in depth look at Tony Robbins is extremely well done. It really does bring to light the difficulties anyone who is slightly introvert has in a world that tells you the only way to succeed is to be loud and proud.
For some people this will be a beacon of light, having been silenced by the overtop extroverts they will find some useful strategies to get by. There are excellent examples of people who as introverts have succeeded in careers you would not expect them to.
For parents who think that there is something wrong with their child because they are shy, like to read, play by themselves then you do need to read this book. It will help you understand your child a whole lot better.
A really impressive book that you need to take the time to read.

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