Are you secretly – or even unknowingly – an introvert trying to adapt in an extrovert-favored world?
Studies show that one-third to one-half of Americans are introverted.
But given the overriding “culture of personality” – which does not value introversion and all its positive qualities – you may be constantly trying to live up to the “extrovert ideal”. In fact, you may not even fully realize or accept that you are an introvert at heart.
In the second grade, I receive an honorary certificate – gold stars and all – for having read 32 books. That’s likely a sign of my true disposition. But as an adult, I took on high stress, high profile jobs that were not necessarily a good fit for an introvert, who typically needs to retreat periodically from over-stimulation.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Cannot Stop Talking by Susan Cain took my breath away Just a few pages in, it became a life changing read for me. Cain shares this aspiration as a core purpose of her book:
If there is only one insight you take away from this book, though, I hope it’s a new found sense of entitlement to be yourself.
In Quiet, Cain shares the cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology that underpins our current understanding of introversion, turning on one light bulb after the other as she proceeds.