Saturday, July 14, 2012

Reading about: The Power of Introverts

Just finished reading:

QUIET – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Absolute top notch recommended read. Here are some insightful points I gained from the book…

The word ‘introvert’ is not a synonym for ‘hermit’ or misanthrope. Introverts can be these things, but most are perfectly friendly. Nor are introverts necessarily shy. Shyness is the fear of social disapproval or humiliation, while introversion is a preference for environments that are not overly stimulating.

Dale Carnergie’s [the writer of ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’] journey reflected a cultural evolution… [we] shifted from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality… In the Culture of Character, the ideal self was serious, disciplined and honourable. What counted was not so much the impression one made in public as how one behaved in private… But when [we] embraced the Culture of Personality, [we] started to focus on how others perceived [us]. [We] became captivated by people who were bold and entertaining.

There are of course rarely any pure introverts or extroverts in the world. All of us generally fall closer to one side of the spectrum, and possess varying degrees of extrovert or introvert traits.

My own level of introversion and extroversion varies depending on different situations and circumstances, however at my core being, I generally prefer a quiet evening, sipping a glass of wine, alone with a book or with one or two close people.

The key thing I learnt from this book is that everyone, whether they are introverts or extroverts, has the power to stretch ourselves – like rubber bands. We are elastic and can stretch ourselves, but within limits. After a stretch, we still need to fall back to our sweet spot to recharge – like rubber bands at rest.

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