In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.

Being a reader myself, I can so relate to her. The way people assume and do not understand that it is OK to WANT to read in a group. In my family no one sits in front of TV at night, everyone reads, and so reading before sleeping for me, was the most normal thing to do in the world! When I shifted with other people for study and work, I found out that some people found it RUDE that I preferred to read a book before sleeping in their presence. It took me a long to convince them that it is normal and ok to read, and it is not necessary to constantly talk when together. Some understood, some didn’t.  That’s life!