A Review of
Quiet: The Power of Introverts
in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Reviewed by Jessica A. Kent
Chances are, you’re probably familiar with the terms “introvert” and “extrovert.” Our tendency is to think of shyness and withdrawal when we think of an introvert, and a kind of robust people-person quality when we think of an extrovert. If you’ve taken any kind of personality test you’ll find yourself placed upon the introvert/extrovert spectrum somewhere. Or maybe you’ve heard that we each get “recharged” in our own way, some alone and some with others. In Susan Cain’s new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, she goes about clarifying what we know about the introvert and extrovert personalities, adding cultural substance to the psychological definitions against which we frame ourselves.