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Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Erica Moroz, Gregory Mone, and Susan Cain

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Starts with a bit of the history of introverts and how society has historically promoted extroverts. Clearly not all introverts are shy!

Author attends a Tony Robbins course in which participates use practice drills to bring out their extroverts. Describes Tony as an extrovert with excellent at up-selling.

Visits, but doesn’t study at Harvard Business School (HBS) and suggests the culture of this place is looking for extroverts. Risk is that these people are the loudest in the room and make people go their way without analysing all the facts, if all the facts are available, things introverts are good at.

Deliberate practice is better done on your own, this suits introverts more than extroverts.  Suggests that introverts can become masters more often than extroverts, mentions the violin deliberate practice study. Suggests coders and software engineers prefer working in privacy rather than open offices.

Interestingly a cohort study of babies was followed up.  The overactive or crying babies are more likely to be introverted and the quieter babies are more likely to turn into extroverts. Speculates that the amygdala is overactive in the introverts therefore as babies upset more, as adults likely to be reserved seeking out less stimulation i.e. introversion.

Contains lots of information about generally introverts thriving when have correct environment surrounding them. Being aware of this concept can help how you interact with extroverts and introverts.

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