Half a year ago when I was browsing for a new book to read in the bookstore, a book displayed on the table caught my eyes. The title was very simple: Quiet. It was just one simple word, silent yet strong enough to attract my attention. The subtitle of the book was “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking”. This book was written by Susan Cain.
Upon opening the first page of the book, there were quotes from Mahatma Gandhi about introverts:
A Manifesto for Introverts
- There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.
- Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.
- The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths.
- Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later.
- But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters.
- One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards.
- It’s OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk.
- “Quiet leadership” is not an oxymoron.
- Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.
- “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
This book is about introverts in an extrovert world. The idea is to let introvert people to understand more about themselves and to let extrovert people understand more about introverts. It does not say that either temperament, introvert or extrovert, is definitely the better temperament. This book talks about understanding and cooperating between introverts and extroverts, that the way to talk to and handle each individual could be different depending on their temperament.
When I went to the bookstores some time ago, this book has changed its cover. The cover is now white with the title in grey. I think that the new book cover is a bit too pale and indistinctive. It might be more representative of the book theme though, a white and pale book sitting quietly in the bookshelves waiting to be discovered.