Susan Cain, a Harvard law school graduate and former attorney and negotiator, used to regard her quiet and reserved nature as a disadvantage, something to be overcome. But then she began researching introversion as a personality trait, and discovered that what many see as a weakness is actually a strength — one that most Americans, with their love of risk-taking and intense socializing, fail to appreciate fully.
On the heels of my reblog of Susan Cain's TED talk on American Speaker, here's a Time Q&A with Ms. Cain. And you may want to check out (or reread) Laurie Helgoe's book Introvert Power and Jonathan Rauch's story "Caring for your Introvert" for The Atlantic while you're at it. I also like the first edition of Barbara A. Kerr's book Smart Girls, Gifted Women for its stories of introverts like Eleanor Roosevelt and Marie Curie and Georgia O'Keeffe, who didn't fit the extrovert ideal yet went on to achieve amazing things through the power of their own visions.