Yesterday, a friend sent me the link to an interview with author Susan Cain on NPR – Quiet, Please: Unleashing ‘The Power Of Introverts’. I enjoyed it and shared it on Facebook, and another friend pointed me to the companion TED talk – Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts. (Trust me, this video didn’t feel like it was nineteen minutes long when I watched it.) Cain is knowledgeable and convincing, and I can’t wait to get a copy of her book.
In 2003, Jonathan Rauch wrote a popular essay for The Atlantic called Caring for Your Introvert: The Habits and Needs of a Little-Understood Group, in which he wrote,
“Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up).”
Since reading this, I’ve been keeping an eye out for more information on the science of introversion. I’m guessing it’s a relatively recent trend, because it doesn’t seem like there are a ton of books out there. But of course, the library does have a few interesting titles –
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength
by Laurie Helgoe
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
by Marti Olsen Laney
The Happy Introvert: A Wild and Crazy Guide for celebrating Your True Self
by Elizabeth Wagele
So if anyone’s looking for me in the next couple of days, you know where I’ll be – off by myself, quietly reading my way through a suitcase full of books.