Parenting Book Club ~ Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
This session of the Parenting Book Club will focus on Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.
It's hard to believe, in this world of social media and reality TV, that one-third to one-half of Americans are introverts. Yet being an introvert has become a social stigma. The rise of what the author dubs the Extrovert Ideal (in which the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight) began with Dale Carnegie and his wildly popular self-help books. Simultaneously, we saw the rise of the movie star and of personality-driven ads and the appearance of the inferiority complex, developed by psychologist Alfred Adler. Today, pitchmen like Tony Robbins sell the idea of extroversion as the key to greatness. But and this is key to the author's thesis personal space and privacy are absolutely vital to creativity and invention, as is freedom from peer pressure. Cain also explores the fundamental differences in psychology and physiology between extroverts and introverts, showing how being an introvert or an extrovert is really a biological imperative. No slick self-help book, this is an intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are.--Pitt, David Copyright 2010 Booklist
About the Parenting Book Club:
This book group meets once every six weeks and is co-facilitated by Emerald Mountain School Head of School, Sharon Mensing and Bud Werner Library's Circulation Services Manager, Michelle Dover. Subjects to be covered in 2014 include navigating “Perfect Parent World,” the complexity of introversion as an expression of a personality; how to recognize the strength and weaknesses of your parenting style and how it affects your child; managing stress, creating peaceful environments, and simply being mindful and enjoying our children. The book discussion group is designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. The group is open to anyone interested in participating, but you are asked to sign up ahead of time. You need not attend all the discussions, just pick the ones that interest you! Group is limited to 15 participants per meeting. Sign up! Sign up at the circulation desk, call 879-0240, or register by filling out the online form.