This past week, I picked up a fantastic book from the new books section of my local library. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, by Susan Cain, basically describes my whole existence so far.
The argument that Cain makes is that despite the fact that society seems to think that extroversion is the best way to be, introverts have strengths and a place in society too. She explains why being loud is looked on so favorably, and backs all of her statements up with recent psychological research.
For as long as I've been alive, I've been told that I'm too quiet, that I need to talk more. This book is a well researched argument for the opposite. It's true that in order to get jobs and friends one needs some degree of social skills; however, lacking a desire to talk constantly does not make one a failure. There is nothing wrong with a quiet child. Most of this book was common sense to me, because I've lived the life described here. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the validation that I felt for my lifestyle while reading this.
I would definitely recommend that every teacher read this,
and to anyone who ever has to deal with an introvert everyone should read this. This book raises good points about how to deal with people with different personalities, and that is something that everyone can benefit from.