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A book about the power of introverts has been making waves

Introverts are misunderstood – that’s the message in Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain, which, as the title suggests, celebrates the silent type.

Description: Typically, if you’re an introvert, people think you’re shy.

Typically, if you’re an introvert, people think you’re shy.

Rather unfairly, being a quiet person can be regarded as a negative by others. Typically, if you’re an introvert, people think you’re shy. That’s a myth – introversion simply implies a preference for quietness, solitude and reflection, as apposed to thriving on expressing yourself and being around others. Shyness doesn’t come into introversion – in fact, you can be a she extrovert. Nor does introversion mean you’re unfriendly or dislike being around people. It’s just that you thrive on think before you speak.

In fact, introversion versus extroversion is far from black and quite – extroverts may enjoy quiet, solitary activities such as reading and writing, for example. But, as a general rule of thumb, if you’re an introvert you tend to feel drained after being at a big gathering with lots of people – extroverts, conversely, are likely to feel stimulated and inspired.

If you’re an introvert, it’s important to understand yourself and why you need to be quiet at times and require time alone.

Description: Extroverts may enjoy quiet, solitary activities such as reading and writing

Extroverts may enjoy quiet, solitary activities such as reading and writing

Otherwise it can be easy to feel you simple don’t fit in and there’s something wrong with u.

In the West, particularly in the workplace, Cain explains that introverts have been at a disadvantage, because the people who shout the loudest have tended to be regarded as confident go-getters and are favoured within companies (it’s a cultural thing –in China, wuiet, hardworking people are prized)

The benefits

But that might be changing, with workplaces beginning to recognize the advantages of having quiet, thoughtful employees. There could also be great psychological value in embracing your inner introvert. There’s a lot of emphasis on issues is the best thing you could do, particularly if you’re the anxious type, research has shown. Talking too much about problems can amplify issues.

Description: There could also be great psychological value in embracing your inner introvert.

There could also be great psychological value in embracing your inner introvert.

Sometimes, it might be better to simply wit with a problem. You may feel anxious initially, but you may find that the troubling thought simply passes out of your mind again (mindfulness meditation, which teaches you to observe thoughts with detachment, can help). There’s a balance, of course – it’s not good to bottle things up and often, talking can relieve the burden. But why not try holding your worries in for a little while and seeing what happens?

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