Review by Janet Raloff
At least one in three people are introverts, and this book may prove a revelation for them and everyone who lives, works or interacts with them. Quiet cites a wealth of new and ongoing research about this psychological trait: who is an introvert, how these introspective souls got that way, and why they can be ideally suited to become scientists, engineers, journalists, therapists and money managers.
Cain, an admitted introvert, highlights often-overlooked positive characteristics of quiet people. These include a propensity for listening carefully, for focusing deeply on problems, and for identifying details, subtle trends and hidden subtexts.
Extroverts also have their strengths, and Cain argues forcefully that society benefits from having a strong mix of both personality types. But over the last century, Western cultures have gone from prizing self-effacing analytical