Year 7, Book 9

9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
As an introvert myself I was very excited to read this book. In it Susan Cain examines the personality traits of introversion and extroversion and what really defines them. She also examines them within the context of culture. Extroversion is highly prized in the United States, but in Asian countries introversion is actually more respected. She looks into the history of how extroversion became more valued and how that can actually be detrimental to society. She also looks into ways that introverts can better function in a society that expects people to be extroverted while still remaining true to who they are. Cain also examines a number of personality traits that most introverts also tend to have in looking at the larger picture of who introverts are and how they relate to the world. As someone with a background in psychology and an introvert I thought it was a fascinating book that I very much identified with. I highly recommend it to my fellow introverts and also to extroverts so that they can better understand what is driving the often seemingly silent people in their orbit. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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