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Susan Cain

The Secret Strengths of Introverts

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    There are common misconceptions about what it means to be introverted or extroverted.

    Some people like to see the world in black and white. They categorize people as being either attention-seeking extroverts or attention-avoiding introverts. But human beings aren’t that simple.

    The terms “introvert” and “extrovert” were introduced by the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung  – but, in truth, people needn’t fall into either category.

    There is a long continuum of personality traits. Introversion and extroversion are just two categories situated at the extreme ends of this continuum. There is also a middle ground, which is commonly referred to as “ambivert.”

    For example, you might know someone at work or school who keeps to themselves and is therefore considered an introvert. Yet this person might never shut up when they’re around close friends and family. Likewise, someone who’s pegged as an extrovert and the life of the party might cherish their downtime and appreciate solitude.

    So there is no simple definition of an introvert. But if one had to name a primary characteristic shared by most introverts, it would be a rich inner-life.

    This doesn’t mean they dislike the company of others; it simply suggests that, by nature, they tend to look within themselves and gravitate toward safe and quiet environments where they can recharge their batteries.

    In fact, this is a good description of the author. While growing up, she was often asked by her friends, teachers and family members why she was always so quiet. The simple answer is that this was just her nature. She felt unhappy in loud, crowded and gregarious environments like summer camp, and she craved quiet places where she could read and commune with her thoughts.

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    What is Quiet Power about?

    Quiet Power (2016) explains why adolescents struggle with introversion and explores how an aversion to socializing can make it challenging to form friendships, complete schoolwork and fulfill social obligations. These blinks offer a number of different techniques that introverts can use to make these situations bearable and turn their so-called weakness into a straightforward advantage.

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    Theres a word for people who are in their heads too much: thinkers.

    —Susan Cain
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    Who should read Quiet Power?

    • Teachers, students and parents
    • Child psychologists
    • Introverts

    About the Author

    Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and the cofounder of Quiet Revolution, a mission-based company that works to unlock the great potential of introverts. Cain is also the author of the best-selling book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking.

    Erica Moroz is a journalist and frequent contributor to the American Reader, a literary magazine.

    Gregory Mone is the author of several children’s books with subjects that range from Santa Claus to the Titanic.

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