Quiet by Susan Cain book cover imageI am a classic introvert. I prefer listening to speaking, think my decisions through carefully, and prefer seeing my friends individually or in small groups to big parties. I am an introvert, and here at the library I am not alone.

In fact, at least 1/3 of the people you know are introverts (to varying degrees). That means even if you’re an extrovert there’s a very good chance you live with, work with or are friends with introverts.

I recently listened to the audiobook version of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I found myself nodding in agreement as I drove, and I even learned a few things about myself. For example, the fact that I get overwhelmed in loud, crowded places (I’m looking at you, Big Al’s!) is a characteristic of introversion.

This book gave some great examples of creative thinkers and quiet leaders like Rosa Parks, Dr. Seuss and Eleanor Roosevelt. It discussed the “Extrovert Ideal” that we have in the United States and how introverts are sometimes undervalued in schools and at work.

I highly recommend Quiet by Susan Cain.  You can also check out her Quiet Revolution website and her popular TED Talk.

-Laura B.