Laurel at The Forest Garden has just posted a terrific review of the book I mentioned yesterday, Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking. You can find it here. This is Laurel's concluding paragraph:
Overall, though, it was great to read a book that was carefully researched and shone a new light on the varied strengths of introverts — she even managed to explain how the habit of blushing can be a positive thing because people actually respond well to it — they deeply TRUST people who blush! After reading this book, the introvert who has always felt substandard or abnormal for not being the outgoing party animal so adored in our culture, will understand not only why there is nothing substandard or abnormal about their inborn quiet, observant, sensitive traits, and love of harmony, but will be enthusiastic about embracing, as Ms. Cain puts it, one’s 'quiet power' and, as the reader will discover, that is no insignificant thing.