quiet by susan cainCome by the ALA theater today from 10-11am for the Auditorium Speaker Series and meet Susan Cain the author of the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.

Susan Cain is a writer whose work on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times and on PsychologyToday.com. She has taught negotiation skills at corporations, law firms, and universities and practiced corporate law for seven years. An honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Susan lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.

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Before you do you can take a short quiz to see if you’re an introvert …

Are you an introvert?

Take this quiz to find out where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Answer each question True or False, choosing the answer that applies to you more often than not.

1. ______ I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.

2. ______ I often prefer to express myself in writing.

3. ______ I enjoy solitude.

4. ______ I seem to care about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers.

5. ______ People tell me that I’m a good listener.

6. ______ I’m not a big risk-taker.

7. ______ I enjoy work that allows me to “dive in” with few interruptions.

8. ______ I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.

9. ______ People describe me as “soft-spoken” or “mellow.”

10.______ I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.

11.______ I tend to think before I speak.

12.______ I often let calls go through to voice-mail.

The more often you answered True, the more introverted you are. If you found yourself with a roughly equal number of True and False answers, then you may be an ambivert—yes, there really is such a word. Note: This is an informal quiz, excerpted from Quiet, based on characteristics of introversion commonly accepted by contemporary researchers.

Meet Susan Cain today at ALA Midwinter!

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