Susan Cain Quotes

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There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to.
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Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured.
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...I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.
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Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe
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Or at school you might have been prodded to come β€œout of your shell”—that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We have two ears and one mouth and we should use them proportionally.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Everyone shines, given the right lighting.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it's a Broadway spotlight; for others, a lamplit desk. Use your natural powers -- of persistence, concentration, and insight -- to do work you love and work that matters. Solve problems. make art, think deeply.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overstimulating. Shyness is inherently painful; introversion is not.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The purpose of school should be to prepare kids for the rest of their lives, but too often what kids need to be prepared for is surviving the school day itself.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don't let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don't force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multi-tasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We don't need giant personalities to transform companies. We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The highly sensitive [introverted] tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive. They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions--sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments--both physical and emotional--unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss--another person's shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Introversion- along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness- is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living in the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a man's world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we've turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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It's as if they have thinner boundaries separating them from other people's emotions and from the tragedies and cruelties of the world.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Love is essential, gregariousness is optional.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Evangelicalism has taken the Extrovert Ideal to its logical extreme...If you don't love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It's not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine; it must be displayed publicly.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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I worry that there are people who are put in positions of authority because they're good talkers, but they don't have good ideas. It's so easy to confuse schmoozing ability with talent. Someone seems like a good presenter, easy to get along with, and those traits are rewarded. Well, why is that? They're valuable traits, but we put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Don't think of introversion as something that needs to be cured...Spend your free the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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What if you love knowledge for its own sake, not necessarily as a blueprint to action? What if you wish there were more, not fewer reflective types in the world?
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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It's not that there is no small talk...It's that it comes not at the beginning of conversations but at the end...Sensitive people...'enjoy small talk only after they've gone deep' says Strickland. 'When sensitive people are in environments that nurture their authenticity, they laugh and chitchat just as much as anyone else.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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If you're an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness. Or at school you might have been prodded to come "out of your shell" -that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and some humans are just the same.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We know from myths and fairy tales that there are many different kinds of powers in this world. One child is given a light saber, another a wizard's education. The trick is not to amass all the different kinds of power, but to use well the kind you've been granted.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to. Stay home on New Year's Eve if that's what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story. Make a deal with yourself that you'll attend a set number of social events in exchange for not feeling guilty when you beg off.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Whoever you are, bear in mind that appearance is not reality. Some people act like extroverts, but the effort costs them energy, authenticity, and even physical health. Others seem aloof or self-contained, but their inner landscapes are rich and full of drama. So the next time you see a person with a composed face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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(Finland is a famously introverted nation. Finnish joke: How can you tell if a Finn likes you? He's staring at your shoes instead of his own.)
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We don’t ask why God chose as his prophet a stutterer with a public speaking phobia. But we should. The book of Exodus is short on explication, but its stories suggest that introversion plays yin to the yang of extroversion; that the medium is not always the message; and that people followed Moses because his words were thoughtful, not because he spoke them well.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Now that you're an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book. Or maybe you like to eat alone in restaurants and could do without the pitying looks from fellow diners. Or you're told that you're "in your head too much", a phrase that's often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Or maybe there's another word for such people: thinkers.
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Introverts need to trust their gut and share their ideas as powerfully as they can. This does not mean aping extroverts; ideas can be shared quietly, they can be communicated in writing, they can be packaged into highly produced lectures, they can be advanced by allies. The trick for introverts is to honor their own styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Naked lions are just as dangerous as elegantly dressed ones
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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I had always imagined Rosa Parks as a stately woman with a bold temperament, someone who could easily stand up to a busload of glowering passengers. But when she died in 2005 at the age of ninety-two, the flood of obituaries recalled her as soft-spoken, sweet, and small in stature. They said she was "timid and shy" but had "the courage of a lion." They were full of phrases like "radical humility" and "quiet fortitude.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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There is no one more courageous than the person who speaks with the courage of his convictions.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Indeed, your biggest challenge may be to fully harness your strengths. You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when you’re focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Introverts living under the Extroversion Ideal are like women in a man’s world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform
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Flow is an optimal state in which you feel totally engaged in an activity...In a state of flow, you're neither bored nor anxious, and you don't question your own adequacy. Hours pass without your noticing.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Scores of studies have shown that venting doesn't soothe anger; it fuels it.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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It’s not that I’m so smart,” said Einstein, who was a consummate introvert. β€œIt’s that I stay with problems longer.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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A Manifesto for Introverts 1. There's a word for 'people who are in their heads too much': thinkers. 2. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation. 3. The next generation of quiet kids can and must be raised to know their own strengths. 4. Sometimes it helps to be a pretend extrovert. There will always be time to be quiet later. 5. But in the long run, staying true to your temperament is key to finding work you love and work that matters. 6. One genuine new relationship is worth a fistful of business cards. 7. It's OK to cross the street to avoid making small talk. 8. 'Quiet leadership' is not an oxymoron. 9. Love is essential; gregariousness is optional. 10. 'In a gentle way, you can shake the world.' -Mahatma Gandhi
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Many Introverts are also "highly sensitive," which sounds poetic, but is actually a technical term in psychology. If you are a sensitive sort, then you're more apt than the average person to feel pleasantly overwhelmed by Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" or a well-turned phrase or an act of extraordinary kindness. You may be quicker than others to feel sickened by violence and ugliness, and you likely have a very strong conscience.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The pressure to entertain, to sell ourselves, and never to be visibly anxious keeps ratcheting up.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Figure out what you are meant to contribute to the world and make sure you contribute it. If this requires public speaking or networking or other activities that make you uncomfortable, do them anyway. But accept that they're difficult, get the training you need to make them easier, and reward yourself when you're done.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We often marvel at how introverted, geeky, kid 'blossom' into secure and happy adults. We liken it to a metamorphosis. However, maybe it's not the children who change but their environments. As adults they get to select the careers, spouses, and social circles that suit them. They don't have to live in whatever culture they'er plunked into.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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...true self-esteem comes from competence, not the other way around.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Or you’re told that you’re β€œin your head too much,” a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Of course, there’s another word for such people: thinkers.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The key to flow is to pursue an activity for its own sake, not for the rewards it brings.
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Everything that you love, you will eventually lose. But in the end, love will return in a different form.
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Susan Cain (Bittersweet)
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Whatever pain you can’t get rid of, make it your creative offering.
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Susan Cain (Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole)
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The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of two hundred people might blog to two thousand, or two million, without thinking twice. The same person who finds it difficult to introduce himself to strangers might establish a persence online and then extend these relationships into the real world.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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When you go to a football game and someone offers you a beer [...], they're really saying hi, have a glass of extroversion.
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Love is essential; gregariousness is optional. Cherish your nearest and dearest. Work with colleagues you like and respect. Scan new acquaintances for those who might fall into the former categories or whose company you enjoy for its own sake. And don't worry about socializing with everyone else. Relationships make everyone happier, introverts included, but think quality over quantity.
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The other thing Aron found about sensitive people is that sometimes they're highly empathic. It's as if they have thinner boundaries separating them from other people's emotions and from the tragedies and cruelties of the world. They tend to have unusually strong consciences. ... they're acutely aware of the consequences of a lapse in their own behavior.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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But when the group is literally capable of changing our perceptions, and when to stand alone is to activate primitive, powerful, and unconscious feelings of rejection, then the health of these institutions seems far more vulnerable than we think.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Persistence isn't very glamorous. If genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration, then as a culture we tend to lionize the one percent. We love its flash and dazzle. But great power lies in the other ninety-nine percent.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to. Stay home on New Year's Eve if that's what makes you happy. Skip the committee meeting. Cross the street to avoid making aimless chitchat with random acquaintances. Read. Cook. Run. Write a story.
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the secret that our poets and philosophers have been trying to tell us for centuries, is that our longing is the great gateway to belonging.
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Susan Cain (Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole)
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Introverts are drawn to the inner world of thought and feeling, said Jung, extroverts to the external life of people and activities. Introverts focus on the meaning they make of the events swirling around them; extroverts plunge into the events themselves. Introverts recharge their batteries by being alone; extroverts need to recharge when they don’t socialize enough.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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There's nothing more exciting than ideas.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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So the next time you see a person with a compose face and a soft voice, remember that inside her mind she might be solving an equation, composing a sonnet, designing a hat. She might, that is, be deploying the powers of quiet.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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There are only a few people out there who can completely overcome their fears, and they all live in Tibet.
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We know from myths and fairy tales that there are many different kinds of powers in the world. One child is given a light saber, another a wizard's education. The trick is not to amass all the different kinds of available power, but to use well the kind you've been granted. Introverts are offered keys to private gardens full of riches. To possess such a key is to tumble like Alice down her rabbit hole. She didn't choose to go to Wonderland -- but she made of it an adventure that was fresh and fantastic and very much her own.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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If personal space is vital to creativity, so is freedom from "peer pressure".
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...some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and...some humans are just the same.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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introverts prefer to work independently, and solitude can be a catalyst to innovation.
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The third answer is the most difficult one to grasp, but it's also the one that can save you. The love you lost, or the love you wished for and never had: That love exists eternally. It shifts its shape, but it's always there. The task is to recognize it in its new form.
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Susan Cain (Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole)
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Introverts are offered keys to private gardens full of riches. To possess sucha key is to tumble like Alice down her rabbit hole. She didn't choose to go to Wonderland - but she made of it an adventure that was fresh and fantastic and very much her own.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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America had shifted from what influential cultural historian Warren Susman called a culture of character to a culture of personality, and opened up a Pandora's box of personal anxieties of which we would never recover.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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For example, highly sensitive people tend to be keen observers who look before they leap. They arrange their lives in ways that limit surprises. They're often sensitive to sights, sounds, smells, pain, coffee. They have difficulty when being observed (at work, say, or performing at a music recital) or judged for general worthiness (dating, job interviews). But there are new insights. The highly sensitive tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive (just as Aron's husband had described her). They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions -- sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments -- both physical and emotional -- unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss -- another person's shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The trick for introverts is to honor their styles instead of allowing themselves to be swept up by prevailing norms.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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As a young boy, Charles Darwin made friends easily but preferred to spend his time taking long, solitary nature walks. (As an adult he was no different. β€œMy dear Mr. Babbage,” he wrote to the famous mathematician who had invited him to a dinner party, β€œI am very much obliged to you for sending me cards for your parties, but I am afraid of accepting them, for I should meet some people there, to whom I have sworn by all the saints in Heaven, I never go out.”)
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Theodor Geisel (otherwise known as Dr. Seuss) spent his workdays ensconced in his private studio, the walls lined with sketches and drawings, in a bell-tower outside his La Jolla, California, house. Geisel was a much more quiet man than his jocular rhymes suggest. He rarely ventured out in public to meet his young readership, fretting that kids would expect a merry, outspoken, Cat in the Hat–like figure, and would be disappointed with his reserved personality. β€œIn mass, [children] terrify me,” he admitted.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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you once said to would like to sit beside me while I write. Listen in that case I could not write at all. For writing means revealing one self to excess; that utmost of self-revelation and surrender, in which a human being, when involved with others, would feel he was losing himself, and from which, therefore, he will always shrink as long as he is in his right mind...That is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why there can never be enough silence around one when one writes, why even night is not night enough.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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A shy man no doubt dreads the notice of strangers, but can hardly be said to be afraid of them. He may be as bold as a hero in battle, and yet have no self-confidence about trifles in the presence of strangers.”--Charles Darwin
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Introverts may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.
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Schwartz's research suggests something important: we can stretch our personalities, but only up to a point. Our inborn temperaments influence us, regardless of the lives we lead. A sizeable part of who we are is ordained by our genes, by our brains, by our nervous systems. And yet the elasticity that Schwartz found in some of the high-reactive teens also suggests the converse: we have free will and can use it to shape our personalities.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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We're told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable. We see ourselves as a nation of extroverts -- which means that we've lost sight of who we really are. Depending on which study you consult, one-third to one half of Americans are introverts -- in other words one out of every two or three people you know.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Psychologists usually offer three explanations for the failure of group brainstorming. The first is social loafing: in a group, some individuals tend to sit back and let others do the work. The second is production blocking: only one person can talk or produce an idea at once, while the other group members are forced to sit passively. And the third is evaluation apprehension, meaning the fear of looking stupid in front of one's peers.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Restorative niche' is Professor Little's term for the place you go when you want to return to your true self. It can be a physical place, like the path beside the Richelieu River, or a temporal one, like the quiet breaks you plan between sales calls.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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...remember the dangers of the New Groupthink. If it's creativity you're after, ask your employees to solve problems alone before sharing their ideas. If you want the wisdom of the crowd, gather it electronically, or in writing, and make sure people can't see each other's ideas until everyone has had a chance to contribute.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Ask your child for information in a gentle, nonjudgmental way, with specific, clear questions. Instead of β€œHow was your day?” try β€œWhat did you do in math class today?” Instead of β€œDo you like your teacher?” ask β€œWhat do you like about your teacher?” Or β€œWhat do you not like so much?” Let her take her time to answer. Try to avoid asking, in the overly bright voice of parents everywhere, β€œDid you have fun in school today?!” She’ll sense how important it is that the answer be yes.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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.. it makes sense that introverts are uniquely good at leading intiative-takers. Because of their inclination to listen to others and lack of interest in dominating social situations, introverts are more likely to hear and implement suggestions. Having benefited from the talents of their followers, they are then likely to motivate them to be even more proactive. Introverted leaders create a virtious circle of proactivity.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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In fact, public speaking anxiety may be primal and quintessentially human, not limited to those of us born with a high-reactive nervous system. One theory, based on the writings of the sociobiologist E.O. Wilson, holds that when our ancestors lived on the savannah, being watched intently meant only one thing: a wild animal was stalking us. And when we think we're about to be eaten, do we stand tall and hold forth confidently? No. We run. In other words, hundreds of thousands of years of evolution urge us to get the hell off the stage, where we can mistake the gaze of the spectators for the glint in a predator's eye.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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If we could honor sadness a little more, maybe we could see itβ€”rather than enforced smiles and righteous outrageβ€”as the bridge we need to connect with each other. We could remember that no matter how distasteful we might find someone’s opinions, no matter how radiant, or fierce, someone may appear, they have suffered, or they will.
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Susan Cain (Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole)
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Remember that introverts react not only to new people, but also to new places and events. So don’t mistake a child’s caution in new situations for an inability to relate to others. He’s recoiling from novelty or overstimulation, not from human contact. Introverts are just as likely as the next kid to seek others’ company, though often in smaller doses
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem-solving, trading accuracy for speed, making increasing numbers of mistakes as they go, and abandoning ship altogether when the problem seems too difficult or frustrating. Introverts think before they act, digest information thoroughly, stay on task longer, give up less easily, and work more accurately. Introverts and extroverts also direct their attention differently: if you leave them to their own devices, the introverts tend to sit around wondering about things, imagining things, recalling events from their past, and making plans for the future. The extroverts are more likely to focus on what's happening around them. It's as if extroverts are seeing "what is" while their introverted peers are asking "what if.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Extroverts are better than introverts at handling information overload. Introverts' reflectiveness uses up a lot of cognitive capacity, according to Joseph Newman. On any given task, he says, ''if we have 100 percent cognitive capacity, an introvert may have only 75 percent on task and 25 percent off task, whereas an extrovert may have 90 percent on task.'' This is because most tasks are goal-directed. Extroverts appear to allocate most of their cognitive capacity to the goal at hand, while introverts use up capacity by monitoring how the task is going.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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INTROVERTS are especially vulnerable to challenges like marital tension, a parent’s death, or abuse. They’re more likely than their peers to react to these events with depression, anxiety, and shyness. Indeed, about a quarter of Kagan’s high-reactive kids suffer from some degree of the condition known as β€œsocial anxiety disorder,” a chronic and disabling form of shyness.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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One noteworthy study suggests that people who suppress negative emotions tend to leak those emotions later in unexpected ways. The psychologist Judith Grob asked people to hide their emotions when she showed them disgusting images. She even had them hold pens in their mouths to prevent them from frowning. She found that this group reported feeling less disgusted by the pictures than did those who'd been allowed to react naturally. Later, however, the people who hid their emotions suffered side effects. Their memory was impaired, and the negative emotions they'd suppressed seemed to color their outlook. When Grob had them fill in the missing letter to the word "gr_ss", for example, they were more likely than others to offer "gross" rather than "grass". "People who tend to [suppress their negative emotions] regularly," concludes Grob, "might start to see their world in a more negative light." p. 223
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Sometimes speakers need to talk about subjects that don't interest them much, especially at work. I believe this is harder for introverts, who have trouble projecting artificial enthusiasm. But there's a hidden advantage to this inflexibility: it can motivate us to make tough but worthwhile career changes if we find ourselves compelled to speak too often about topics that leave us cold. There is no one more courageous than the person who speaks with the courage of his convictions.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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Consider that the simplest social interactions between two people requires performing an astonishing array of tasks: interpreting what the other person is saying; reading body language and facial expressions; smoothly taking turns talking and listening; responding to what the other person said; assessing whether you're being understood; determining whether you're well received, and, if not, figuring out how to improve or remove yourself from the situation. Think of what it takes to juggle all this at once! And that's just a one-to-one conversation. Now imagine the multitasking required in a group setting like a dinner party. (p237)
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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According to Free Trait Theory, we are born and culturally endowed with certain personality traitsβ€”introversion, for exampleβ€”but we can and do act out of character in the service of β€œcore personal projects.” In other words, introverts are capable of acting like extroverts for the sake of work they consider important, people they love, or anything they value highly. Free Trait Theory explains why an introvert might throw his extroverted wife a surprise party or join the PTA at his daughter’s school. It explains how it’s possible for an extroverted scientist to behave with reserve in her laboratory, for an agreeable person to act hard-nosed during a business negotiation, and for a cantankerous uncle to treat his niece tenderly when he takes her out for ice cream.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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But as the word satyagraha implies, Gandhi’s passivity was not weakness at all. It meant focusing on an ultimate goal and refusing to divert energy to unnecessary skirmishes along the way. Restraint, Gandhi believed, was one of his greatest assets. And it was born of his shyness: I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. A thoughtless word hardly ever escaped my tongue or pen. Experience has taught me that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. We find so many people impatient to talk. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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If you’re an introvert, find your flow by using your gifts. You have the power of persistence, the tenacity to solve complex problems, and the clear-sightedness to avoid pitfalls that trip others up. You enjoy relative freedom from the temptations of superficial prizes like money and status. Indeed, your biggest challenge may be to fully harness your strengths. You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when you’re focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless. So stay true to your own nature. If you like to do things in a slow and steady way, don’t let others make you feel as if you have to race. If you enjoy depth, don’t force yourself to seek breadth. If you prefer single-tasking to multitasking, stick to your guns. Being relatively unmoved by rewards gives you the incalculable power to go your own way. It’s up to you to use that independence to good effect.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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I have found that there are three key steps to identifying your own core personal projects. First, think back to what you loved to do when you were a child. How did you answer the question of what you wanted to be when you grew up? The specific answer you gave may have been off the mark, but the underlying impulse was not. If you wanted to be a fireman, what did a fireman mean to you? A good man who rescued people in distress? A daredevil? Or the simple pleasure of operating a truck? If you wanted to be a dancer, was it because you got to wear a costume, or because you craved applause, or was it the pure joy of twirling around at lightning speed? You may have known more about who you were then than you do now. Second, pay attention to the work you gravitate to. At my law firm I never once volunteered to take on an extra corporate legal assignment, but I did spend a lot of time doing pro bono work for a nonprofit women’s leadership organization. I also sat on several law firm committees dedicated to mentoring, training, and personal development for young lawyers in the firm. Now, as you can probably tell from this book, I am not the committee type. But the goals of those committees lit me up, so that’s what I did. Finally, pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)
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The conference is geared to people who enjoy meaningful discussions and sometimes "move a conversation to a deeper level, only to find out we are the only ones there." . . . When it's my turn, I talk about how I've never been in a group environment in which I didn't feel obliged to present an unnaturally rah-rah version of myself. . . . Scientists can easily report on the behavior of extroverts, who can often be found laughing, talking, or gesticulating. But "if a person is standing in the corner of a room, you can attribute about fifteen motivations to that person. But you don't really know what's going on inside." . . . So what is the inner behavior of people whose most visible feature is that when you take them to a party they aren't very pleased about it? . . . The highly sensitive tend to be philosophical or spiritual in their orientation, rather than materialistic or hedonistic. They dislike small talk. They often describe themselves as creative or intuitive . . . . They dream vividly, and can often recall their dreams the next day. They love music, nature, art, physical beauty. They feel exceptionally strong emotions--sometimes acute bouts of joy, but also sorrow, melancholy, and fear. Highly sensitive people also process information about their environments--both physical and emotional--unusually deeply. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss--another person's shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly. . . . [Inside fMRI machines], the sensitive people were processing the photos at a more elaborate level than their peers . . . . It may also help explain why they're so bored by small talk. "If you're thinking in more complicated ways," she told me, "then talking about the weather or where you went for the holidays is not quite as interesting as talking about values or morality." The other thing Aron found about sensitive people is that sometimes they're highly empathic. It's as if they have thinner boundaries separating them from other people's emotions and from the tragedies and cruelties of the world. They tend to have unusually strong consciences. They avoid violent movies and TV shows; they're acutely aware of the consequences of a lapse in their own behavior. In social settings they often focus on subjects like personal problems, which others consider "too heavy.
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Susan Cain (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking)