I just recently finished reading Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. Have any of my readers read it? Based on my experience as an introvert, I would say her findings are valid. I was blessed to have parents who didn't push me to be anyone other than who I was, so my love affair with books and reading was never a problem. I was also fortunate to be able to make friends easily, and since I only needed one or two at a time, I didn't feel marginalized by my peer group. I will say, however, that my peer group was always relatively small. I also think when I was growing up the "extrovert ideal" hadn't come to full power in our culture. My heart goes out to introverted children in today's world.
This book is worth reading for both introverts and extroverts as Cain not only affirms the value and power of introverts, but she gives wise counsel on how the two groups can relate effectively with each other, whether in school, the workplace, or in the family. Parents, especially I think, should read this book to understand your children's temperaments and how they interact with your own. You will also be able to help your child relate better in their school and social groups as well as learn to accept and value their own temperament and respect the opposite one. I'd also say it's a must-read for engaged or married couples who want to understand better the person they love and with whom they hope to live happily ever after.