In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society – from Chopin's nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness. But introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology and on prolific interviews, she also explains why introverts are capable of great love and great
achievement, not in spite of their temperaments -- but because of them.
Cain commented that there is zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas, a similar idea to that of Banksy who once said that we live in a society where so much is used to say so little. Our world prizes extroverts -- but Susan Cain makes a case for the quiet and contemplative.