Growing up, I often strove to project an energetic, enthusiastic image when with others. I was class secretary, in choir, in National Honor Society, in clubs. I worked in a computer software distribution office. I taught piano lessons. I had a large group of friends. But things never seemed quite right within myself. Though I spent much time with others, I longed for quiet time by myself. As I have aged, I know why that is. I am an introvert, of course.
Reading Susan Cain's book QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THWT CAN'T STOP TALKING has been affirming. I find myself nodding my head and thinking of exact examples of the same scenarios in my own life. The new sticky flags from my friend Julie (another introvert) mark the research and quotes I want to write down later.
The book is filled with organized discussions of brain and behavioral research that have been gathered about introversion and extroversion, as well as anecdotes from well-known and less familiar folks about how the traits appear in their lives and work. In regard to creativity, she notes, "introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation." Each chapter teaches me more about myself and those with whom I interact. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, the book offers excellent material for considering others.