“…The quieter half of the population is routinely discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are. Yet many of the achievements that have propelled society, from the theory of evolution to the invention of the PC, from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the Cat in the Hat, came from people who were quiet, cerebral, and sensitive. Even in less obviously introverted occupations, like finance, politics, and activism, some of the greatest leaps forward were made by introverts: Eleanor Roosevelt. Al Gore. Warren Buffett. Gandhi. None of this is an accident. There are specific physiological and psychological advantages to being an introvert…”
— Susan Cain on her book, “QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” due out in January 2012 from Crown Publishers. An essay of hers appeared in the Times this weekend, which led me to her blog. Too bad my teachers never read this post when I was in school.