Quiet — Review

April 5, 2013

Continuing with my streak of non-fiction, I recently finished Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. It was somewhat enlightening and yet at times almost annoying.

I think I just had different expectations of this book. And while I can’t seem to define exactly what those expectations were, I was thrown off when they weren’t met.

One thing that I find really interesting that I learned from Quiet is that there are a number of different ways to define or otherwise identify introversion depending on the branch of personality studies and the parameters being used.

I just felt like it didn’t quite have the right balance between science and anecdote. Also, it didn’t totally deliver on the subtitle — the author discusses the prevalence of extroversion in the States and maybe even Western Europe and of introversion in Asia, but it didn’t go much farther than that. It also read a bit self-help-y at times, which I probably should have anticipated, but oh well.

Still, I really did like it and I found it to be insightful in many ways. It’s worth a read for introverts and extroverts alike (and everyone who falls somewhere in the middle).


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