Can the introverts survive in the world full of extroverts? Of course, we’d like to think so.
On the surface, Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking seems to be on the defense for the introverts, who are often biased against and misunderstood as being passive, shy, avoid conflicts, talk less listen more; to sum it all – QUIET.
Introverts often crave for solitude and silence, being more at ease having a one-to-one conversation or just chatting in a small, familiar group, rather than being in a room full of boisterous extroverts.
Extroverts, who are described as affable, social, confident and charismatic, are most often tend to be highlighted as more productive, highly successful and important.
But as we were reading the book, we couldn’t help but to wonder – are they really extroverts, or are they really introverts masking themselves as extroverts in order to ‘survive’ in the world?
Confused yet? So were we.
But, as it turned out, no one is purely an introvert or extrovert, but rather a combination of both, to an extent.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking also explores the two inter-connected personalities, with Cain making comparisons between American and Asian cultures, and the past researches that have been surrounding the subject.
She also calls working in groups will lead to more productive results (a favourite with the extroverts) – “a myth”, as according to her, brainstorming, thinking and discussing on a project or problem in a group would often lead to nowhere, as everybody is so busy talking to get their ideas across, and listen less.
And as such, that is why working on their own is more favoured by the introverts – however, it really depends on the individual.
As they say, two (or three or more heads) are definitely better than one, so working in groups might be beneficial in some matters.
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” – said the great man of India, who was a self-proclaimed introvert, which we agreed.
As we found out, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking was not a light read. Cain didn’t really justify the ‘real’ definition of ‘introvert’ or extrovert’, but she managed to give us some characteristics which are useful for identifying them.
And it certainly would help us all in appreciating the differences and uniqueness in people.