Sound Advice #7 — Extroversion and Introversion in Children

A few years ago, I read the fascinating book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. The premise of the book is that our nation values extroverts over introverts, gregariousness over contemplativeness and that the more dominant extrovert often is the one whose ideas are heard, even though they may not be the best. Citing studies, she also states that our nation values collaboration and team work over solitary creative endeavor. Therefore, many introverts (of course, many people are a mix of introvert and extrovert) might feel stifled creatively if forced to be in big group “think” situations.

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