Tag Archives: Quiet

I used to be invisible

Author David Zweig talking about his new book Invisibles on CBS News

This week I have been reading, with great interest, a new book by David Zweig entitled Invisibles.  This book is part of a recent raft of books emanating from America, such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Give and Take by Adam Grant and Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek which advocate turning the volume down, giving to other people, putting others first and ending incessant self-promotion.   It’s an interesting and welcome trend which is aiming to reverse the view that only loud, brash celebrities who are famous for being famous (and ideally wealthy) can be successful and fulfilled.

The premise of David Zweig’s book Invisibles, is that there is a group of highly talented professionals who choose meaningful work over recognition.  By flying under the radar these individuals achieve greater well-being and job satisfaction than many who … Read the rest...

22 Tips To Better Care for Introverts and Extroverts

This fascinating article by   which appeared in Buffer on 15th August 2013 continues the debate started by Susan Cain‘s book Quiet on the difference between introverts and extroverts.

 22 Tips To Better Care for Introverts and Extroverts


Here is something that hit me recently: For a long time I had a certain idea about what makes an introvert or an extrovert. I had always thought that it works something like this:

  • Extroversion relates to how outgoing someone is
  • Introversion is the same as being shy.

That was kind of my general perception. Doing just a little bit of reading made it clear very quickly - my thinking was way off!

Recently I dug into some of the full-on research about introverts vs extroverts and I think I’m much closer to understanding what the terms introvert and extrovert actually mean. When we briefly discussed this topic internally here at Buffer, a lot of people got very excited. So I hope what I’ve learned

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Happiness Experiment no 19: Introvert, Extrovert or Ambivert?

Susan Cain’s fascinating book Quiet looks at the power of the introvert.  Do you know where you are on the introvert/extrovert spectrum?  Maybe you are an ambivert? Happiness Experiment no 19 asks you to take Susan Cain’s fun Quiet Quiz.  There are no right or wrong answers and both personality types are equally positive but have different strengths.  By recognising our personality type we are better able to live a life that is aligned with our true strengths. You can learn more about Susan Cain in her TED talk. Watch this brief animated video for a brief explanation of the differences between introverts and extroverts:

Posted by Shona Lockhart on 15th July 2013

Who is happiest the introvert or the extrovert?

I am currently reading a very interesting book by Susan Cain called “Quiet” which eloquently argues the case for the introvert. We live in a society in which extroverts are portrayed as some sort of ideal which we should all somehow strive to become.  A celebrity-focused culture gives little legitimacy to the introvert whose quiet but successful endeavours can go unnoticed amidst the noise and heat surrounding the extrovert.  This well-argued review of Susan Cain’s book, by positive psychologist Dr Christopher Petersen, illustrates that we do not need to be extrovert to be happy.  In fact striving to be an extrovert if this goes against one’s own nature can be the cause of great unhappiness. Read this excellent article from Pysychology Today magazine and watch Susan Cain’s Ted talk in which she tells her own story of an introvert who was forced to become an extrovert to succeed.

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