Growing up as a thoughtful, reflective person in a society that exalts the "Culture of Personality," Susan Cain always felt a sense of friction she couldn't quite identify. In spite of that friction, she succeeded in the extrovert's world, graduating from Princeton, Harvard Law, and then heading to work as a Wall Street attorney… but in 2005, she decided it just wasn't worth it. That friction – her introversion – was still there, and she needed to understand it so she embarked on an ambitious project researching and writing about this "thing" that defines one-third to one-half of us. She discovered along the way that introversion has physiological markers that date back to infancy, and that introverts offer important contributions to leadership, creativity, and innovation – when their needs are understood and respected.
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