Vista Book Group – Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
The Vista Book Group met in March to discuss Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. There were five self-described introverts and three ambiverts in attendance. Many of us have heard the terms introvert and extrovert, but few of us have probably heard the term ambivert. According to Ms. Cain and the psychologists whose studies she references in her book, there really is no such thing as pure introvert or extrovert. However, most of us usually tend to lean prominently toward one end of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. If a person falls pretty much in the center of the spectrum, they are known as an ambivert.
As Susan Cain states in Quiet, there are “almost as many definitions of introvert and extrovert as there are personality psychologists, who spend a great deal of time arguing over which meaning is more accurate.” Cain discusses the qualities that help define the introvert-extrovert spectrum and most readers will probably be surprised to learn that being an introvert does not necessarily mean a person is shy.
For example introverts prefer to spend more time in their heads, while extroverts prefer to spend more time among people and doing activities. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone and extroverts need to recharge through social interaction. Introverts and extroverts also work differently. Introverts prefer to work slowly, deliberately, focusing on one task at a time. Extroverts tend to tackle assignments quickly, enjoy multitasking and risk taking.
Quiet is well-researched and full of wonderfully interesting explanations on why being an introvert can be a positive rather than the negative that many people think it might be. Quiet made for a lively discussion, but it would no doubt have been even livelier if we had had a few extroverts in attendance. One of the things we discussed was how many of us introverts have trained ourselves to enjoy public speaking, to be comfortable working with the public, or to learn how to be outgoing and effervescent at social gatherings when we would really prefer to be home snuggled up with a good book. Everyone in the group liked and enjoyed the book and many of us have recommended it to our friends and family who fall in the introvert camp. However, we acknowledged that what we should do is suggest this book to our extroverted friends, family and coworkers.
Some readalikes that the group came up with were:
Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown.
The Gifts of Imperfection [Electronic Resource]: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown.
I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture Of Shame by Brené Brown.
Dr. Brown is a social researcher who displays a similar writing style.
Other readalikes in the Richland Library collection include:
Self-Promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead by Nancy Ancowitz
The Highly Sensitive Person In Love: How Your Relationships Can Thrive When The World Overwhelms You by Elaine N. Aron.
The Introvert's Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling
The Happiness Project by Gretchin Rubin
On Wednesday, April 24, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm we will be discussing Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn in Film and Sound, located on the first level of the Main Library. We look forward to having you there. You can obtain a book group copy by calling 929-3400 or by enquiring at the General Reference/Research Desk on the second level of the Main Library.
Amazon Amazon Says:
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholehear more...
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” —Theodore Roosevelt Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable, or to dare greatly. Whether the arena is a new relationship, an important meeting, our creative process, or a difficult family conversation, we must find the courage to walk into vulnerability and engage with our whole hearts. In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities. less...
Amazon Amazon Says:
Get noticed . . . and get ahead!All too often, introverts get passed over for job offers and promotions while their more extroverted colleagues get all of the reco more...
Get noticed . . . and get ahead!All too often, introverts get passed over for job offers and promotions while their more extroverted colleagues get all of the recognition. But it doesn’t have to be this way.In Self-Promotion for Introverts®, business communication coach and intrepid introvert Nancy Ancowitz helps introverts tap into their quiet strengths, articulate their accomplishments, and launch an action plan for gaining career advancement. You will learn how to: Promote yourself without bragging— when networking, on job interviews, and at work Use your quiet gifts (writing, researching, and listening) to your advantage Be a commanding presenter, despite your quieter nature Formulate your best plans, set goals, take action— and even find a better job Featuring exclusive advice from Warren Buffett, Bill Clinton, Hearst Magazines president Cathie Black, and marketing guru Seth Godin, Self-Promotion for Introverts® helps you progress inward, outward, and onward. less...
Amazon Amazon Says:
Do you fall in love hard, but fear intimacy and all it entails? Are you sick of being told by someone you love that you are "too sensitive"? Do you struggle to respect a less more...
Do you fall in love hard, but fear intimacy and all it entails? Are you sick of being told by someone you love that you are "too sensitive"? Do you struggle to respect a less sensitive partner, to ignore behaviors that you find shallow or harsh? Or have you given up on love, feeling too sensitive or shy to endure its wounds? Research finds that 50 percent of what determines divorce is genetic temperament--or rather, according to Elaine Aron, ignorance about how partners should understand each other's temperaments. The risk of an unhappy relationship is especially high if you are one of the 20 percent born highly sensitive. Your fine-tuned nervous system, which picks up on subtleties and reflects deeply, would be ideal if both you and your partner understood you better. But without that understanding, your sensitivity is likely to be making your close relationships painful and complicated. So what's a highly sensitive person to do? Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., a research psychologist and highly sensitive person herself, has taken a closer look at how inborn temperament affects intimacy. Based on her groundbreaking new research, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love offers practical help for highly sensitive people seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships. Every aspect of highly sensitive people in relationships is covered, from low-stress fighting to sensitive sexuality. Included are self-tests and case studies--and the results from the first survey ever done on sex and temperament. With wonderful advice on making the most of all personality combinations in relationships, Aron offers a wealth of insights for non-highly sensitive people as well. No matter what your relationship background, you will discover a better way of living and loving in The Highly Sensitive Person in Love. less...
Amazon Amazon Says:
For anyone who loved Susan Cain’s Quiet, comes this practical manifesto sharing the joys of introversion… This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take more...
For anyone who loved Susan Cain’s Quiet, comes this practical manifesto sharing the joys of introversion… This clever and pithy book challenges introverts to take ownership of their personalities...with quiet strength. Sophia Dembling asserts that the introvert’s lifestyle is not “wrong” or lacking, as society or extroverts would have us believe. Through a combination of personal insights and psychology, The Introvert’s Way helps and encourages introverts to embrace their nature, to respect traits they may have been ashamed of and reframe them as assets. You’re not shy; rather, you appreciate the joys of quiet. You’re not antisocial; instead, you enjoy recharging through time alone. You’re not unfriendly, but you do find more meaning in one-on-one connections than large gatherings. By honoring what makes them unique, this astute and inspiring book challenges introverts to “own” their introversion, igniting a quiet revolution that will change how they see themselves and how they engage with the world. less...
Amazon Amazon Says:
“This book made me happy in the first five pages.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possib more...
“This book made me happy in the first five pages.” —AJ Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible Award-winning author Gretchen Rubin is back with a bang, with The Happiness Project. The author of the bestselling 40 Ways to Look at Winston Churchill has produced a work that is “a cross between the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love.” (Sonya Lyubomirsky, author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want) In the vein of Julie and Julia, The Happiness Project describes one person’s year-long attempt to discover what leads to true contentment. Drawing at once on cutting-edge science, classical philosophy, and real-world applicability, Rubin has written an engaging, eminently relatable chronicle of transformation. less...
The power of introverts | Susan CainChantal W. Says:
TED Talks-Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts