Book Review – Quiet: The Power of Introverts – Susan Cain
- Book: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
- Author: Susan Cain
- Genre: Non-Fiction
- Year of Release: 2012
- Read 276-page hardcover edition in July 2015.
This non-fiction book by lawyer, writer, and lecturer Susan Cain researches and describes the roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the population that are introverts. The book discusses the biological realities of introversion versus extroversion, and looks at the methods introverts use to think and act in their lives. The book also looks at cultural and societal expectations, particularly around the western world’s current design that rewards extroversion over introversion.
This was a fascinating book looking at a concept many people have basic knowledge about, but have not necessarily thought about in detail before. Cain does a great job looking at introversion and showcasing how introverts are vital in organizations, family structures, and societies. At the same time, Cain is always respectful of the interplay between introverts and extroverts, and does a great job pointing out one method or way of thinking is not better than the other.
This book is best when focusing on individual stories, which are illuminating and teach us great lessons about what it means to be an introvert in a particular situation. It often helps to break down assumptions many have about what it means to be an introvert. The book also flourishes when talking about societal expectations of introverts and extroverts, and how that influences people.
The book also spends a great deal of time in the first half going through biology of introversion and extroversion. Well this is interesting, at times this becomes a little too scientific, when the book is more billed as a psychological and sociological work. As well, the information on biology and genetics is sometimes a little too lengthy, perhaps at the expense of providing more information on the sociological and personal story side of the concepts and theories. Some physical biology is appropriate, but at times the book focused a little too heavily on this material.
Overall, the book was informative and enjoyable, and reminds us of the importance introverts play in our world.
Overall: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.