Browsing: Shyness and Aggression

Gandhi Explains Why Restraint Was His Greatest Asset


Excerpt from “Quiet” | Chapter: “Soft Power“

In the West, passivity is a transgression. To be “passive,” according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, means to be “acted upon by an external agency.” It also means to be “submissive.” Gandhi himself ultimately rejected the phrase “passive resistance,” which he associated with weakness, preferring satyagraha, the term he coined to mean “firmness in pursuit of truth.”


Shyness Remains a Part of Being Human

Joe Moran explores why shyness is a fundamental part of humanity:


The Atlantic: ‘Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School’ | My Response

Last week, @TheAtlantic magazine ran a piece called “Introverted Kids Need to Learn to Speak Up at School,” by Jessica Lahey.  They have graciously agreed to run my response, which includes five suggestions for how shy kids can be encouraged to speak up for themselves in the classroom. ➤ Help Shy Kids - Don’t Punish Them […]


The Diane Rehm Show (NPR) Takes On Shyness and Social Anxiety…

…and I was one of the panelists. It was a wonderful experience. Diane Rehm is a kind of national icon, and it was an honor to be in the same room with her, speaking into gigantic microphones on a subject I care about deeply. My only frustration was that we were barely able to scratch […]


Reading Ideas for the Weekend: The Inside Story of a Very Shy and Very Brave Photographer (and more)

  Hi everyone, before I get to this week’s reading recommendations, I first want to say thanks for the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the QUIET Revolution projects idea. Look for a kick-off of the public speaking project next week! And here are three picks for the weekend. 1. How to Spot a Narcissist: An interesting […]


Are You Shy, Introverted, Both, or Neither (and Why Does it Matter)?

Bill Gates is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by others’ opinions of him: he’s an introvert, but not shy.

Barbra Streisand has an outgoing, larger than life personality, but a paralyzing case of stage fright: she’s a shy extrovert.

Shyness and introversion are not the same thing.


Where You Stumble Is Where Your Treasure Lies

When you look back at your life to date, do you tend to assemble the events, and your reactions to them, into a cohesive narrative? Is it a cheerful tale, or a wistful one, or are you living an adventure story with hairpin plot twists and an unguessable ending?


How Botox Can Screw Up Your Social Life

OK, this is some of the most interesting research I’ve come across in a long time, reported in Medical News Today. A brand new study out of USC and Duke University suggests that Botox impairs our ability to read other people’s emotions. According to the lead authors, “one way we read the feelings of others […]

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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