Last night I heard Susan Cain speak about introverts and her book “Quiet.” It was quite interesting.
Her basic ideas were that we need to change how we interact with others and to honor the knowledge that introverts have.
The big idea that struck me was that we often we listen to the loudest voice, even if its not correct or the best idea. This fits many situations I’m in to a T. I’m often in situations where I am sharing ideas but my ideas are not recognized because I’m quiet. It was refreshing to hear her, if only because it validates what I experience. Just this week I decided to email some colleagues instead of go and talk with them. My idea was well received. I’m not sure it would have been if I’d brought it up in a meeting.
Cain was great at honoring the creativity and thoughtfulness that many introverts possess. It was nice to hear that we really have something to offer- I know we do, but it’s nice to be reaffirmed.
Lastly, Cain talked about other differences between introverts and extroverts. She said the greatest difference is the persons response to stimulus. Introverts tend to be more sensitive to outside stimulus. She recommends that we look at classroom and work environments to allow for spaces that are less stimulating. This will help introverts recharge.