For most of my life, people have let me know in various ways that the way I am in the world (quiet, contemplative, bookish) was not the right way to be – teachers who tried to teach me lessons in extroversion that revolved around excruciating (for me) public displays, employers who passed me over for special assignments in favor of more outgoing peers, even family who urged me to put down my books, play with strangers, or act more like a certain gregarious cousin.  I’ve tended to feel like something was essentially wrong with me and have searched high and low for solutions (speech classes, assertiveness training) – until now…

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Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.