Extroverts are often put on a pedestal in our society, but are they really the ones who get it all done? Or do introverts also make a deep mark on our world?
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking explores the positive sides of introversion and how introverts can make a difference. I stumbled upon this book because it was mentioned several times in For the Love by Jen Hatmaker.
I’ve always thought of myself as more of an introvert than extrovert. I don’t mind sitting by myself and reading the day away. I can easily voice my opinion in groups, though, and lead, but some of that comes from moving around so much as a child. To thrive, I needed to develop some extrovert tendencies. I do wish I had stumbled upon this book in high school, though. The author goes through several studies on introverts and extroverts and walks the reader through how introverts can make sure their voices are heard. Since introverts tend to take the time to assess a situation and think through problems, they often have the best solutions and ideas. By developing the skills to voice their thoughts, introverts can help the world.
The book is for everyone because it also gives extroverts skills on how to recognize introverts and how they tend to act so they can then bring out the ideas from introverts.
I am glad to stumble upon this book as I’m raising my children because it looks like they are all leaning toward being introverts, too. I can use the studies and tips in this book to help them assert themselves in a world that doesn’t often stop to listen to the quiet voices.
I highly recommend this book to everyone in high school or older, especially to parents of introverts. (I haven’t read it yet, but she also has a book out now on this topic for kids and teens.)