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Are You a Closet Introvert?

Are you an introvert (or an introvert pretending to be an extrovert)? The short video embedded above urges introverts to take pride in their personality in a culture that doesn’t always value them.

Take this quick quiz to see if you are an introvert or extrovert. The video is based on the book Quiet by Susan Cain, a nonfiction book that should appeal to the many introverts in the GalleyCat audience. Check it out:

Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked.

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