Overview: Cain discusses how both Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. changed the world—Parks through quiet resolve and King through firebrand teaching. About one third of Americans are introverts, who are well outnumbered by the rest—extroverts. Extroverts are gregarious, talkative, action oriented, quick deciders, team focused, and social. Introverts prefer contemplation, are inner focused and more deliberate, listen more than talk, prefer a less stimulating environment, and recharge by being alone. We vastly overrate extroverts and consistently underestimate introverts, much to our peril.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Broadway Books, 2012) by Susan Cain, reviewed by Steve Gladis, March 2014.