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These three books offer different insights into the human mind

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Shhhh! Ideally, reading Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking requires a subdued atmosphere, for despite the tongue-in-cheek title the book turns out to be a serious read, a cocktail of self-help, cultural study and business analysis for human resource management. 

Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain 345pp, 2012 Crown Available at Asia Books and leading bookshops 450 baht

Essentially, Susan Cain examines the "north and south of temperament" _ the two main personality types, extroverts versus introverts, those who are hedonistically outgoing are pitted against the painfully shy. Cain, a former Wall Street corporate lawyer, does an impressive job of digging deep into American culture and social history since 1920, when self-help guides for businessmen had shifted their focus from inner virtue to outer charm.

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