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Alpha Study

March 14, 2014
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Alpha Study Club met Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Serendipity, with Pat Clausen as hostess. President Deb Wentzien began the meeting with a short story from the Internet titled “Crocheting Dolls.” All sixteen members in attendance stated their favorite activity during cold weather winter days. The secretary’s minutes from February 11, 2014, were read and approved; no correspondence was received. No treasurer’s report was given. Jean Livingston of the program committee introduced Marcia Plett who reviewed “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain. The book is full of case studies, research and personal accounts of famous and powerful people as well as general populations concerning introversion as seen from a cultural point of view. It addresses the age-old dichotomy between the “man of action”, extroverts, and the “man of contemplation”, introverts. The book explains how we could improve the world with a greater balance of power between the two types. The book confirms how our lives are shaped as profoundly by personality as by gender or race. The single most important aspect of personality, as one scientist puts it, is where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Our place on this continuum influences our choice of friends and mates, and how we make conversation, resolve differences, and show love. It affects the careers we choose and whether or not we succeed at them. It governs how likely we are to exercise, commit adultery, function well without sleep, learn from our mistakes, place big bets in the stock market, delay gratification, and our potential for becoming a good leader. President Deb closed with a poem about Pinterest and reminded the group that our next meeting is at Pat Goos’ home, with Joan Raum presenting the book review. The members enjoyed Deb Osborn’s strawberry topped cupcakes, nuts, various drinks, and Hershey’s kisses. Pat Clausen, Secretary Pro-tem



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