Sunday, 11 March 2018

Quiet - The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking | Book Review

Quiet. A book about introverts. A book about quiet people. A book so interesting that it feels like I haven't put it down since the first time I picked it up. 

I'm always reading. I love getting lost in a story and I feel that reading before I sleep really chills me out and helps me switch off from technology. Despite owning 23124 books, I've never thought to write a book review on the blog. Until now. Until I read Susan Cain's Quiet. It's such an interesting book that really resonates with me. I've always had a quiet nature and was always the shy one throughout school and college. Growing up, I hated this about myself. I saw it as a weakness particularly as many people would make comments to me which reinforced this. Despite this, I've never let this stop me from being ambitious and pushing myself to succeed. In fact, if anything it's pushed me further. 

Reading Quiet has made me appreciate that introversion and a quiet nature are not things to see as weaknesses. If anything, I've learned that I've got this far in life and my career because of my quiet nature, not in spite of it. 

The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking - Susan Cain. 

Quiet is all about how the world naturally places so much emphasis and encouragement on people to be extroverts. Schools are designed for group work, uni is all about standing up and delivering presentations and work often features team building events and group training courses. Quiet looks at the strengths of introverts such as sensitivity to those around them, the skill of taking detailed information in and the ability to be independent. Quiet believes that introverts make successful leaders and emphasises the skill of listening rather than speaking. 

One downside to Quiet is that it is well and truly biased towards introverts. Whilst the positives written about introverts are true, a negative light is shone on extroverts to an extent. In my opinion this should not be the case. Everyone, whether they are extroverted or introverted or anywhere in between, has strengths but Quiet doesn't perhaps demonstrate this. What it does do however is show how introverts and extroverts often build excellent relationships and bounce off each other. This is something I can definitely agree with. It also gives insights, often inadvertently, about how to work with extroverts and how to respect that their approaches to tasks will differ from our quieter peers.

If you have a quiet nature and have a spare few weeks of your life to get totally immersed in a book (because yes, it will completely consume you), then Quiet is the one. You can order it here

Would love to hear your thoughts. 

Kirsty xo. 

No comments:

Post a Comment