Quiet Power: Growing up as an introvert in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain
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Your quiet nature is a hidden superpower
People with the quietest voice have achieved incredible things in the world, because of their quiet nature, not in spite of it. If you feel that you are naturally thoughtful and creative, then accept and treasure yourself – just as you are.
As you grow up in this loud, crazy world there are so many ways to harness your secret strengths and make your mark.
Let’s start a quiet revolution!
I am normally a fiction girl when it comes to reading, I like my books to take me away from reality and transport me into different worlds and stories, but once in a while I enjoy reading a good non-fiction/self-help book.
This book is all about what it means to be an introvert and how it can be a strength in a world largely dominated by extroverts.
Unfortunately, I did not realise that this was a book aimed at children until I started reading it. A lot of the chapters focus on how to behave in school according to your introverted nature etc, and I feel like this kind of content is lost on me now that I have reached adulthood.
There are interesting and informative parts to this book and I just wish it had been around when I was in school because it could have helped me make sense of who I was, why I felt different to the other kids, why I acted the way that I did and it probably could have saved me a lot of anxiety.
One thing that resonated most with me is when Susan explains how teachers tend to focus a lot on class participation, which is a bit of a nightmare for introverts, and just because they don’t participate in class doesn’t mean that they are any less clever or attentive than the other kids. And indeed, I used to get really anxious about having to speak up in class and it got so bad over the years that when I started university I had to be medicated for my anxiety.
All in all, it was an interesting read and it made me reflect on my childhood and my teenage years. I just wish it also had pointers for adult life.