Workplaces are designed for extroverts, leading to a colossal waste of talent and energy, says Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Introversion and extroversion are two of the most exhaustively researched subjects in personality psychology; Cain puts the research into a cultural and practical context.

Cain, a self-proclaimed introvert and former Wall Street attorney, challenges what she calls the “Extrovert Ideal”. American culture, she argues, overvalues the alpha personality – gregarious and highly verbal – while ignoring the subtler strengths of the introvert, such as reflectiveness, persistence and sensitivity. The Extrovert Ideal permeates business and political culture, schools and religious institutions.

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