A book that influenced my life
(this post is based on the Marketing for Romance Writers 52 Week Challenge)
Have you read Susan Cain's Quiet?
Stop reading this and go read it right now.
Go on. I'll wait.
Not an introvert? But you probably know some, right? You should still read it.
Okay, if you're still here and you haven't read it, here's my spiel.
Quiet is powerful. It's deeply researched. It's sympathetic without promoting introverts or extroverts as better than the other. It untangles introversion from so many other things like shyness, sensitivity and social anxiety.
I am an introvert. People who know me professionally never believe me when I tell them that. My husband likes to call me a ninjavert. I can be sociable and engaging in the right context, but give me a quiet house and a comfy couch and I will Make Things Happen.
Quiet is amazing in that it breaks down how introvert brains work, and why social situations don't feel the same to us as they do to extroverts.
In third grade, my teacher called a conference with my mother and told her she was worried I was too serious. My mom came home and said "Mrs. Walker says you don't smile enough." I thought that was the weirdest thing I'd ever heard.
Guess whose third grade teacher was an extrovert, back when there wasn't a word for that?
Guess which book has all kinds of examples of teachers, parents, and heart care providers trying to diagnose kids when all they were is introverted?
Guess who cried when the book was over because for the first time she didn't feel like her preference for staying in, and her habit of lying on the couch for hours after a big presentation were weird?
Yeah, that last one was me.
Quiet was published in 2013, and in the ensuing 5 years, introversion has become a buzzword, and our introverted brethren are celebrated for their preference for staying home on a Friday night and their proclivity for regretting plans made weeks ago. So maybe you think you know everything you need to know about introverts.
If you don't believe me, check out Susan's TED Talk. It is one of the most popular talks on the site.