The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
by Susan Cain
I’ve mentioned more than once on this blog that I am undeniably an introvert. So naturally, the title of this book piqued my interest. And it did prove an interesting read. Above all, it was a validating read. Introverts everywhere, you need to read this. It explains so much about why we are the way we are! Extroverts everywhere also need to read this, just so they stop treating introverts like there’s something wrong with us or we’re inherently unsocial. It’s a lot more complicated than that, and not simply a matter of preference. It’s a matter of biology and genetics and childhood development and culture. There’s a wide range between the extremes of introversion and extroversion; it’s not a black and white difference (despite me using the extremes as labels here). This book goes into all of that, as well as the cultural pressure introverts feel to act like extroverts. The author is mostly engaging, and cites quite a number of studies from different fields. The only reason it doesn’t get a full 5 stars is because it was a bit dry in a few parts, and the last chapter (on raising an introverted child) got a bit preachy. But I still recommend this. It’s not a quick or light read, but I think introverts will find it life-affirming and extroverts will find it enlightening. Seriously, go read it.
I give it 4.5/5 stars.
We hosted a brunch this past weekend, which gave me the perfect opportunity to try out both the new oven and these two recipes my aunt passed along. Whenever she hosts a family gathering, you can bet that one morning will feature a tasty breakfast casserole. So I asked her for her recipe, and she sent it over, along with another one she thought I’d find yummy from some distant relation in the family. She was right. And the friends I had over for Brunch Test Kitchen agreed. In fact, there was no clear preference between these two, even though […]
Cue dramatic lighting! Haha. I took these pictures pretty late in the day compared to when I normally shoot, and the light was all slanty and golden. Yes, I know – that’s why photographers call it the golden hour. I’ve just usually got something else on my plate at that time of day (literally or figuratively). Anyway, I like how they turned out. And I like this outfit. The cami is one of my favorites, and the skirt is so soft. Love them. This outfit almost didn’t happen, because when I put the skirt on (on Monday) I noticed that […]
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This month, I am (sporadically) participating in Blogtember with Jenni. The prompt for today was a ‘only photos.’ Appropriate for Wednesday style posts, no? So here are some pics I snapped this morning. Skirt: Victoria’s Secret; Shirt: H&M; Necklace: Etsy; Rings: various; Belt: off another dress; Shoes: Blowfish Shoes. Also linking up with The Pleated Poppy, Transatlantic Blonde, Kiwi Women’s Style, Style Elixir, Because Shanna Said So, Lena B Actually, and Two Thirty-Five Designs.