I'm an introvert. When I finished the book, I wanted one on extroversion so I can better understand those I work with and how I can work better with them. Sure this book gives me a lot of that, but I want to understand the extrovert more.
After feeling devalued at work, this book was so affirming. It helped me to see what I bring to the workplace, and will help me rebuild my confidence.
I have read other books on the subject but appreciated Cain's information regarding the nueorological connection on introverted behaviors. I have already recommended Quiet to several of my friends and family.
Any introvert who feels swallowed up in today's eat or be eaten world will enjoy this refreshing work that underscores his/her value! My favourite sentence - "First answer is not necessarily best answer!!" Thank you.
I almost never read a book more than once, but I can see myself listening to at least the first half of this one again. The reason is simple. I learned a lot about myself throughout the first half of the book. Now that I have that knowledge, I might want to go back and revisit the information again so that I can look at it with a new mind.
Interestingly, I thought a lot about the book "How We Decide" as I was listening to "Quiet". They are not that similar, but both discuss how we think and use our own mechanisms to solve problems and live our lives fully. I had great "aha" moments during both books.
I saw the TED talk by the author of the book before I listened to it. The narrator for "Quite" reminds me of the author, so I felt as though I were really hearing the words directly from the author. She spoke with the same style and passion I heard from the author in the TED talk. That actually surprised and delighted me.
Honestly, the subtitle is one of the things that puts me off about the book, so I'm glad I already knew I wanted to read it before seeing the title. I think "The Power of Introverts" would be sufficient and accurate. I know how important it was for the author to impress upon extroverts that they impede progress, but the shortened subtitle would catch the fee of more readers. And it would be memorable. Right now I just think about "Quiet" and try to forget the subtitle that I can't remember anyway.
This is a must-read for managers who want to really help their teams flourish. I am a long-time manager, and I'm actually an ambivert, but some of my extroverted tendencies can squash the creative thinking of introverts. That became so clear to me in this book, and to be honest, it shocked me. I was not prepared for that. I consider myself to be a pretty open manager, but I was blind to how some of my actions could have the completely opposite affect on true introverts. All I can say is, "Wow, you just have to read it and think about it. You owe it to yourself and everyone you have any kind of relationship with."
If you are an introvert, you will greatly enjoy this book - and if you are an extrovert, you definitely should read it. The first half is charming, but the second is a bit repetitive. That prevents a top rating. But this is a good 3-star book.
I really enjoyed this book. Being and working with a lot of introverts it provided a lot of research based insights. I enjoy learning about the psychology behind personality. The Quiet is somewhat similar to The Sociopath Next Door (Unabridged). If you like to learn what makes people tic this is one for you.
I'm a consummate extrovert, and my wife--and two daughters--are not. this helped me with them, and also at the hospital and medical school where I teach, on a variety of levels. If you find yourself dominating conversations and getting frustrated with people who don't answer you, this book might be very useful to give you insight into not only the people you work with, live with, and love, but into yourself, too.
when the book describes the emotional drain socializing puts on introverts.
Revealing and insightful
As a non-fiction work, characters are not the focus of the book, but Ms.Cain did a deft job of weaving together pieces of research with everyday observations.
Her performance as smooth... with a voice well matched the the subject matter.
There's a distinct difference between being quiet and shy.
A consistent working definition of "shyness". It seemed to change as the need to apply research to this concept was twisted to support the thesis.
After listening to Quiet you almost definately look at introversy with different eyes. And if you are introvert yourself, you probably feel a lot better about yourself.