However, all readers, whatever their personality types, can enjoy and benefit from this superbly well-researched and readable book. As a Harvard Law School honors graduate, business consultant, and negotiation skills teacher, Susan Cain offers a compelling argument that businesses, communities, and American society at large lose valuable insights, innovative ideas, and leadership potential by falling in step with the prevailing undervaluing of the unique gifts of introverts.
Cain convincingly marshals the latest research from psychology and neuroscience combined with inspiring narratives about real people demonstrating the complementary viewpoints and range of skills characteristic of both introverts and extroverts. She tracks the history of the focus on the qualities of extroverts as being more desirable in both business and relationships--then documents the evidence that we all lose when 1/3 or more of our people are undervalued or even discounted because they are introverts. She charmingly debunks the myths that all introverts (or extroverts, for that matter) are alike and affirms the contributions all make.
I like this book because it upholds who I am, but it offers much more than that. Cain's insights into relationships (especially between different personality types), parenting, cooperation in groups, and business management are pure gold.
When I started this blog about creative everyday life, I expected to post about the books I read fairly often, as I am a voracious reader. However, for some reason, that has not happened. Perhaps if blog readers enjoy hearing about this book and respond to the post, I will discuss my reading--of a wide variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction--more often.
Question of the day: What have you read lately that has entertained or informed you and enriched your life?