This book, which examines introverts and introversion generally, and the ways in which our society doesn't particularly reward or appreciate that personality type (Cain makes the argument that this is a mistake), is generally fascinating, but also particularly interesting for the chapter about how extroversion has become more valued in many institutions and workplaces, and how that can minimize the strengths of less extroverted people, to the detriment of the entire organization. One topic the author discusses is the limit to which introverted people do well in ‘brainstorming’ type situations. There are people who have no qualms about sharing ideas with a group, but others are inhibited by it, even if their ideas are good. The result is, not all ideas are shared, and sometimes poor decisions are made. The author writes about workplaces that have come up with ways for ideas to be shared that don’t require speaking out in front of a big group.
The book also addresses the history of how extroversion became valued (and introversion undervalued), scientific studies of introversion, examples of well-known introverts, as well as some practical tips for helping introverted kids succeed. I came away from reading this book with a new pride in my own introverted tendencies, and the inspiration to reconsider which are the best ways to share ideas and make decisions.
Also available as a downloadable e-book and downloadable audio-book.
Recommended by Catherine