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Are Sexism — and the Extrovert Ideal — Clouding the Federal Reserve’s Search for a New Chairman?

It seems that the Federal Reserve has managed to offend both women and introverts as they search for a new Chairman, according to this piece by Ezra Klein:


Is President Obama an Introvert?

In yesterday’s New York Times op-ed on political leadership styles, David Brooks describes President Obama as a non-hierarchical but passive, thoughtful yet aloof leader: “I would never have predicted he would be this sort of leader. I thought he would get into trouble via excessive self-confidence. Obama’s actual governing style emphasizes delegation and occasional passivity. […]


“Shyness — An Evolutionary Tactic?” Read the New York Times Article, and Join the Conversation Here!

Today, the New York Times debuts the inaugural issue of a new section called The Sunday Review — including a piece  I wrote on the importance of shyness and introversion. It’s available here. I’m optimistic that the Times‘ interest in this subject signals a turning point in our culture — that people are ready to […]


How to Succeed (courtesy of David Brooks)

I’m halfway through David Brooks’ new book, “The Social Animal,” and want to pass on a few choice bits (more or less verbatim): 1. You can only discover your vocation by doing it, and seeing it if it feels right. There’s no substitute for the process of trying on different lives, and waiting to find […]


Does Twitter Help You Listen?

A reader writes: “I find it interesting that one of the creators of Twitter told NPR that he was using Twitter these days more as an opportunity to listen than to share.” Interesting indeed, given the common critique of social networking as an opportunity for narcissistic blather.  What do you think?


Why Aren’t the Japanese Looting?

In tones of awe, many news outlets are starting to raise this question. Also: why are supermarkets cutting prices, and vending machine owners handing out free soft drinks? Why haven’t the Japanese devolved into a brute “every person for himself” mentality? Where did this breathtaking display of social unity come from? But we shouldn’t be […]

Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

Bill Gates names "The Power of Introverts" one of his all-time favorite TED Talks.

Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012


1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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