In today’s society being outgoing and have an active social life is something that is highly valued and well looked upon. For introverts this can be complicated and difficult at times. In this moving talk by Susan Cain she looks at the power of introverts and the talents, skills and abilities they have.

The speaker, Susan Cain, is a lawyer and negotiations consultant…she is also a self-described introvert. According to Cain in her book, Quiet, at least one-third of the people we know are introverts. In this talk she looks at the great contributions introverts have made to society and argues that school and other institutions, designed for extroverts, creates a biased learning environment. Her talk is based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology as well as interviews and studies.

Some quotes by Susan Cain:

“I prefer listening to talking, reading to socializing … I like to think before I speak (softly).”

“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

“Solitude matters, and for some people it is the air that they breathe.”

“Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi — all these people described themselves as quiet and soft-spoken and even shy. And they all took the spotlight, even though every bone in their bodies was telling them not to.”

“[Introverts,] the world needs you and it needs the things you carry. So I wish you the best of all possible journeys and the courage to speak softly.”

You can watch this interesting session on the TED website

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Are you an introvert? Are there introverted learners in your classes? Do you feel as teachers that we cater well to introverts?

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