Does Society Value Extroverts Over Introverts?

“When I was nine years old, I went off to summer camp for the first time, and my mother packed me a suitcase full of books,” says Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts. “Which – to me – seemed like a perfectly natural thing to do because in my family, reading was the primary group activity.

This might sound anti-social to you, but for us it was really just a different of being social. You had the animal warmth of your family sitting right next to you but you were also free to go roaming around the adventure-land inside your own mind.

And I had this idea that camp was going to be just like this but better. I had a vision of ten girls sitting in a cabin, cozily reading books in their matching nightgowns. But camp was more like a keg party without any alcohol.”

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susan-cain-author-photoSUSAN CAIN is a writer whose work on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times and on She has taught negotiation skills at corporations, law firms, and universities and practiced corporate law for seven years. An honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Susan lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Quiet is available from Broadway wherever books are sold.

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About Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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