Quiet: The Power of Introverts By Susan Cain

Review by Dr. Teri Maddox, Professor of English and Speech, Jackson State Community College

I recently read Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Yes, I am an introvert, but I was attracted to my husband because he has the lovely qualities of introverts: the ability to listen and think before responding, to pay attention to details, to be willing to work hard behind the scenes for no glory or thanks, and to empathize sincerely with those who are hurting. Both of our children also have these great qualities, so I am happy to be surrounded by introverts in my immediate family. In addition, because I teach Public Speaking, I know that it is one of the most dreaded courses in an introvert’s college career. Susan Cain’s book celebrates introversion, providing dozens of examples and inspirational stories of how introverts have saved companies even though extroverts are the overwhelming CEO choice for Wall Street and Harvard’s Business School. Extroverts and introverts alike will enjoy this book because it reminds us that the gifts of introversion are worth celebrating.