Susan Cain just launched her book “Quiet” – the secret Power of Introverts.
I haven’t read it in-depth yet, but am already excited to share it with you – for those amongst you who are interested to deepen their insights on the Kahler Dreamer Personality Type. It is a great resource.
She has based her book on a lot of interviews with what she calls “introvert” people. She bases her definition on introverts and extroverts on C. Jung and takes a stand to bring more awareness on the power of introverts. She believes we live in a society in which extroversion has become a cultural ideal which makes it hard for introvert people to live in.
If we read her book through our PCM-lens, we dominantly recognize the Dreamer Personality Type as one of the 6 personality types identified by Dr Taibi Kahler. I wish to remind that all of Dr. Taibi Kahler’s material is fully researched and scientifically validated.
For example, Cain talks about the need for the introverts that she has interviewed to be alone. As we teach in PCM seminars: solitude is the psychological need for the Dreamer and recharges his battery, thus allowing him to have access to all of his potential including the extrovert parts he has available. These insights, connections and predictable mechanisms are missing in the book and explained by the PCM Model.
Cain gives examples of miscommunication eg. “Everyone waited for Laura to reply, but she couldn’t think of anything to say. So she just sat there. Blinking. All eyes on her. Her clients shifting uneasily in their seats. Her thoughts running in a familiar loop: Im too quiet for this kind of thing, too unassuming, too cerebral. ……..”
Based on PCM, we know that the miscommunication here was caused by using a wrong communication channel. Dreamer personality types need to be given time for reflection in combination with a directive communication channel. Laura here was asked to give an immediate answer in a reflective channel. This lead her into her first degree Distress behaviour in which she could not communicate clearly anymore.
A little bit later, she self-management and gathered her energy and the examples given in the book demonstrate the dreamer communication style: “What if we .took a different approach.” Later she will speak of “What if -Leaders” like Einstein and others, whom in PCM, we give as an example of a the dreamer personality type.
In her chapter 3 “When collaboration kills creativity” – she talks about the Power of Working Alone and in chapter 10 she talks about “The Communication Gap” between introverts and extrovert people. Cain gives examples and hints about the content but doesn’t show ways on how to really reach the dreamer personality type through the use of perception & communication channels as we know it from our PCM-seminars.
In my opinion, the book is a great resource to deepen your understanding and insights on the Dreamer personality type. If you wish to go the step beyond and learn how to really connect, establish positive, productive and resourceful communication, and how to motivate dreamers, then join our next open seminar in April!
More info on the upcoming seminar: http://www.5cconcept.com/wp-content/uploads/Erfolg-durch-bewusste-Kommunikation.pdf
Youtube video on The Power of Introverts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYn6NeWemVw