Quiet

3 1/2 stars out of five.

I was somewhat disappointed. It didn’t seem to live up to the promise of the title, and the overall positive high rating that people gave it. Still, I did read it from cover to cover.

It was not very easy reading; I don’t think it was very well written. There was a lot that was anecdotal; and study after study was cited, by researcher after researcher. Sometimes I just wanted her to state her opinion, already!

The first few chapters seemed to almost be an apologia for the dominant paradigm of extroversion. I did like the fact that she points up the strengths and weaknesses of both types, though; avoiding simplistic answers.

I do recommend this book, especially for those that think they are indeed introverts. The concept of empowerment for introverts instead of stigma is a good one; as well as the analysis of different personality strengths and weaknesses. I especially liked the information on the physiological basis that is thought to be a factor in these matters.

Although it didn’t seem to delve too deeply into what to do as an adult if you have this personality trait – despite all the ballyhoo, I didn’t emerge with a clear sense of pride or empowerment – the author does offer some practical suggestions into the parenting of an introverted child. Such as the suggestion not to label the child with a stigmatic prognosis of ‘shyness’.

This is a book that should pique your interest and lead to further reading.

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