Have you heard of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking? I can’t believe I’m so late to the game. Susan Cain spent seven years researching, reading, and writing, and this is what she found:
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society — from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Fascinating! Her full Ted talk is here. I want to read Quiet to understand introversion — and thus myself — better. I crave solitude, nature, natural beauty, and thinking time, and I admit I feel half-alive when I don’t get it.
Would you consider yourself an introvert? Is your significant other? What effect does introversion have on your work style and interpersonal relationships?
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