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Using your Jealousy. from Quiet: – By Susan Cain

Posted on 04 Sep 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Using your Jealousy. from Quiet: – By Susan Cain


Susan Cain wrote an excellent book on Introverts this year. It’s really stuck with me.

She writes with vivid candour about her own struggles with introversion, this book being the fruit of this struggle and some resolution.
The following quote is from her chapter on life direction.
Seems appropriate as we enter another post-LabourDay season. Enjoy!

…pay attention to what you envy. Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but it tells the truth. You mostly envy those who have what you desire. I met my own envy after some of my former law school classmates got together and compared notes on alumni career tracks. They spoke with admiration and, yes, jealousy, of a classmate who argued regularly before the Supreme Court. At first I felt critical. More power to that classmate! I thought, congratulating myself on my magnanimity. Then I realized that my largesse came cheap, because I didn’t aspire to argue a case before the Supreme Court, or to any of the other accolades of lawyering. When I asked myself whom I did envy, the answer came back instantly. My college classmates who’d grown up to be writers or psychologists. Today I’m pursuing my own version of both those roles.

from Quiet by Susan Cain (pp975-6 of the digital/iPhone edition)