Susan Cain’s “Power of Introverts” talk was all about the importance of people who are considered introvertly inclined in our society. In her talk, she described first how her family influenced her in being an introvert. Reading is her family’s social activity and that one can roam around through his or her own imagination. She also discussed about her memorable summer camp story where she has discovered the way extrovert people live and tried to shift in this kind of life. With all these changes in her life she never left her introverted life and espoused the ideas that when it comes to creativity and leadership, the society needs introverts and the things where they excel most. She explained that introversion is how one responds to stimulation including social stimulation which is different from a person being shy – the fear of social judgment.
Susan Cain’s Ted Talk The Power Of Introverts brought a new conversation to society in how introverts are treated. Five years ago (when this took place) this topic was not very well discussed, which made this piece very eye opening for some. Using Aristotle's appeals: logos and pathos, as well as a comparative argument in her ted talk, Cain persuades viewers that we as a society oppress/shame introverts, not allowing them to strive or be themselves in our now extroverted society. She advocates for a more balanced society that serves both introverts and extroverts instead of just extroverts.
Personality distinguishes one individual different from another. Some personalities are more positive than others; however personality ultimately defines a person. Ample amounts of research and theories focus on personality. Researchers trust that investigation concerning personality provides a road map to truly understanding the individual. In an attempt to analyzing Michelle Obama’s personality, this paper will discuss the extrovert and introvert personality through using Eysenck’s Personality Theory and Allport’s Trait Theory; the two character theories illustrate two contrasting philosophies. Moreover, extrovert personalities hold characteristics such as combative, outgoing, determined, intolerant and hostility. On the contrary, introvert personality characteristics involve compromising reserved, wavering, and relaxed. Understanding the role that Eysenck’s Personality Theory and Allport’s Trait Theory play in Michelle Obama’s personality, will enrich one’s perception of her, exposing the extrovert and introvert traits of her personality.
Susan Cain is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. Since graduating Cain has become the chief revolutionary and co-founder of the Quiet Revolution and the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute. Cain is also the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for almost three years and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine. The goal of the Quiet Revolution is to unlock the power of introverts for the benefits of everyone which was discussed in the TED talk that is being analyzed in this essay. The TED talk “The power of introverts” has been viewed over 17 million times and was named one of Bill Gates all-time favorite talks. The purpose of this speech was to inform the audience about how introversion is not what most people make it out to be. Throughout her speech, Cain compares and contrast introversion with extroversion and
Susan Cain uses detailed personal experiences of Tony Robbin’s seminar and the atmosphere at Harvard Business School to illustrate how the Culture of Personality has had a shift of its own. Cain starts with her experience at Tony Robbin’s self-help seminar, which is aimed to make people more extroverted and confident. Essentially, people now desire to become extroverts so they could become the “ideal self”, leading to success in business and social situations. Cain highlights that Robbins makes it seem like being an introvert will end with no success in any situation, and that being confident and outward is the key to success. She also adds that Tony Robbins’ superior mindset implies that successful people must be extremely extroverted. To test the validity
The article “Introversion: The Often Forgotten Factor Impacting the Gifted” by Jill D. Burruss and Lisa Kaenzig begins by giving examples of how an introvert may behave. The authors continue by explaining that introversion is in not an issue, but a personality type which differs from that of the “normal,” more outgoing and friendly personality type, extroversion. Introverts and extroverts are different personality types, most people fall into one of the two categories. Typically, an introvert’s main focus is in the internal world of thoughts, while an extrovert's main focus is on the external world of people and events. Introverts tend to enjoy alone time, working on their own, and are usually quiet, and extroverts are typically social, enjoy
Cain writes about shyness, introversion, social anxiety disorder, and extroversion. She compares introversion to extroversion. We need equally kinds of people in society. In my experience, people display both characteristics at the same time. The article shyness and evolutionary tactic is an interesting article because the current social judgment favors extroverts but does a disservice to introverts who also make important contributions to sociality.
In this paper, I will explore the results of three assessments covering my personality traits, emotional intelligence & interpersonal communication style. After identifying my reasons for choosing the three characteristics, and assessments I chose, I will discuss the implications of the results on my behavior moving forward. The first assessment I will cover is the 16 Personality Factor Questionnaire (16PF). I decided to learn new information about my personality because I’ve always noticed myself being a little bit more reserved, introspective, and solitary in comparison to my family and peers. After a social event, family gathering or a simple interaction, I began noticing myself feeling completely depleted of energy resources for additional social engagements. Allowing myself space for quiet and alone time felt more rewarding then being bombarded by the company of others. This created a certain degree of misunderstanding for those who assumed I was a social butterfly, due to the large amount of acquaintances I’ve collected from my time in the military. Friends and I started to grow farther apart, and it became difficult to openly communicate my feelings, when I appeared like I’d rather be alone.
Introversion is usually associated with being shy, however this association is false. Susan Cain, author of “QUIET: The Power of Introverts” explains in a Ted Talk video how introversion is the response to stimulation while shyness is the fear of social judgment. In our culture both qualities according to Susan can be shameful and discouraged, on the other hand extraversion is valued. Therefore, Susan argues that introversion should be encouraged since they bring extraordinary talents that are often kept hidden from the world. The examples provided by Susan allowed the audience insight of how introversion is discouraged in multiple settings.
Quiet discusses how this phenomenon evolved around the turn of the century when manufacturers began telling people how to become “successful” and more importantly “successful” as their consumers. Prior to the late 1800’s inner charm and thoughtfulness was considered virtuous but this quickly evolved into a thing of the past once big business sought new consumers. Within a period of 20 or so years extroversion and charm were not only the best social traits but also who most manufacturers wanted as their consumers. Many ads would imply that a person might be judged unfavorably if anything other than an extrovert.
Extraversion, or the tendency to be energetic, assertive, and sociable is rated as a highly effective trait for leaders within the Factor Five model. Goodall has demonstrated both introverted and extraverted traits during her life’s works, her year of study in Africa with the chimps required methodical thinking and a great deal of solitude behaviors often exhibited in introverted approaches, however her years following the two decades in Africa, where spent educating and motivating people, requiring more extraverted tendencies. I feel Goodall possesses both qualities of introverts and extroverts. I have always been a more extraverted person with high
According to many psychologists and other social experts, there exist two major social behaviors that are widely adopted globally by a person as they mature into young adulthood: extraversion or introversion. Extroverts are expressive individuals who appear to be energized and enjoy seeking activities that involve socialization with others where as a reserved individual (introvert) prefers solitary pursuits where he or she often partakes in a favorite pastime. In her novel Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength, Laurie Helgoe statistically explores the fact that more than one half of the American populace claims to be reticent and encourages those folks to embrace their natural selves (“Book Details” 1). Introverts
I have chosen to read the book "The Quiet Room" by Lori Schiller. I truly appreciate books that allow me to see what it's like in the shoes of someone with a serious mental illness. This is based on a true story of Schiller's personal struggle with schizo-affective disorder. This book relates to my life because of how I deal with mentally ill patients in my work everyday. The story left me overwhelmed by the serious emotions and terrifying journey that this woman persevered. "The Quiet Room" is a testimony of how schizophrenia can affect a person, involving auditory hallucinations, delusions, and experimenting
Extroverts in today’s society are idolized, and people associate different positive characteristics such as attractiveness and intelligence with extroverts. That misconception has caused many introverts to try and become more extroverted in order to fit in with society. However, the book Quiet by Susan Crain informs that introverts posses many strong traits like leadership or intelligence and therefore can be viewed just as highly as extroverts.
For many years, psychologists have been interested in studying human behavior and how our brains function. Psychological research has been mainly geared towards discovering parts of the brain, and the environment that influences our behavior as individuals. In other words, research aims to provide reasons why people behave the way they do, and what makes individuals different from each other. Much to the joy of experts in the field, major strides have been made in not only understanding, but also predicting human behavior. Concepts such as the influence of nature versus nurture on personal development, introversion or extroversion, and introspection have provided more insight into the way people think and interact with others and the environment.