Quiet has taught me that many of the aspects of my personality which I had previously considered faults or deficiencies are actually strengths to be celebrated. Hyper-sensitivity, need for space, attention to detail, struggling with larger groups of people, obsessive (passionate) focus, fear of the unknown, not being able to YOLO at will, overthinking, my creative inclinations, and so many more are all characteristics of an introverted temperament. It is OK to feel or possess these things and some are even beneficial to my survival (my inability to take unnecessary risks for example). For so long I thought I was broken or maladjusted in many areas, but such a big reason for this (as the book outlines) is because society is unfortunately geared towards a classically extroverted way of thinking. Go faster, be bigger, get better, just go for it champ what's wrong with ya?! is an attitude which has, over the years, pushed me even deeper into my shell. I am who I am. I am not gregarious and loud. I am considered and cautious, sensitive and creative. Quiet has given me a gentle tap on the shoulder and let me know that this is alright. I am my strength, my unique outlook and perspective is all that matters.
So, yes, this tome (haha tome) was an important one and opened up so much for me. It gave me a vocabulary to express myself and reassured me that I am by no means alone in my eccentricities.