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Friday, July 29, 2016

The Cephalopod Coffee House: Quiet (July 2016)





Welcome one and all to the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, a cozy gathering of book lovers, meeting to discuss their thoughts regarding the works they enjoyed most over the previous month.  Pull up a chair, order your cappuccino and join in the fun.

This month I read Quiet by Susan Cain. I saw the book being returned to the library I work for and had to borrow it myself. Even though I love to travel and have a knack for making friends, I consider myself an introvert and I am pretty introverted. Last year I subscribed to Cain's newsletter to help me ace job interviews. In the year since I've subscribed, I have found her newsletters helpful in other aspects of life.

Quiet was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless if you're an introvert, extravert, or an ambivert. Basically the book was about how to tap into the power of being an introvert, how introversion is just as acceptable as extraversion, the history of how extraversion became the model for everything in Western culture, and how we should look at Eastern culture (specifically Asian culture) to see how their introversion helps in other ways. We hold a lot of power as introverts, though learning to speak up a bit when a situation calls for it isn't bad either.

Honestly, Quiet gave me an insight into my personality and many a-ha moments... my personality makes sense now. I really liked the insight it gave me.

2 comments:

  1. I am introverted, too. I should probably give this book a try.

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    1. You totally should. I explained to me why sometimes I do have the need to be social, but also love my relaxation... we all have "zones of comfort" levels and sometimes if a level tapers off, we have to replenish. It's just introverts replenish faster than extraverts.

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