Book Sheds Light on the Value of Introverts

At least one in three people has an introverted personality. Susan Cain’s new book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, discusses the problems introverted people face in our society. Cain believes society has created an extrovert ideal that has spread to schooling, child-rearing, and relationships. This ideal states that being extroverted makes us more successful and turns us into better people. Introverts struggling to fit into the extrovert ideal feel mocked or punished for their different personalities. Introverts are quite capable of handling crowds and noise, but they find over-stimulation exhausting. Businesses and schools can do much to encourage introverted people by providing privacy, quiet, and work in small groups.

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