Book Review: Quiet by Susan Cain. Feeling Validated.
Updated: May 26, 2020
*You can check out my notes if you haven't read the book or want some background.
Quiet by Susan Cain is a bestselling book on Introversion and Extroversion. Though the title might suggest that it is meant for introverts, is not true. The book is as insightful for anybody who wishes to develop a deep understanding of both ends of the psychological spectrum.
For me, the introduction was the most magical. It is where she lays the foundation of the whole book and establishes an overview. In the later parts, she takes different topics and perspectives and dissects them.
While I had some vague idea about Introversion and extroversion, I didn’t know there was so much to it and how important it was.
Being an introvert, I understood my need for less simulating environments and quiet reflective time. Yet, I would pity myself for not being outgoing enough. My natural behaviour did, at times, feel quite the opposite of normal.
The idea that this ‘extrovert ideal’ was being sold to us, by media and advertising, was eye-opening.
At its core, both these types are just the level of external stimulation. They are based on environments you would thrive in.
This book clears many misconceptions. It gives us a new lens to understand different behaviours and look at their roots.
This book has comforted me in many ways. Moreover, it validated my natural behaviour.