“Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain. Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to “a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.”
“Some popular psychologists have characterized introverts as people whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction.”
“Humans are complex and unique, and because introversion-extraversion varies along a continuum, individuals may have a mixture of both orientations. A person who acts introverted in one situation may act extraverted in another, and people can learn to act in “counterdispositional” ways in certain situations.”
“A misanthrope is a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society. An introvert is someone whose battery is drained by social interactions. Introverts don’t hate humans, we just need time alone to recharge after expending energy communing with other people. An introvert can be a misanthrope; the two states are not mutually exclusive.”
“Introverts despise small talk with a passion…”
– Reyna Favis PhD, Scientist, Author, blogger, Introvert Broadcasting Network.