I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to others, but I only gave it three stars because it was boring and repetitive at times and I didn't like her defensive tone throughout the book. When I went into reading this book I didn't doubt the strength of introverts. I admire the social skills of extroverts, but if I had a choice I would choose to be an introvert. I felt like she was trying a little too hard to prove our worthiness, which just confused me.
Nobody in their right mind
Um in some ways
I don't really know and was not able to appreciate her performance in this book. I will probably try something else by her. For now, this book wasn't it and I was struggling to finish it...which has nothing to do with the narrator but with the book itself
All of it
Terrible, bad, never again
Quiet offers valuable insights that most could benefit from; whether it's to understand and accept yourself, your family, friends, colleagues or others you interact during life's journey. Place a premium on the individual, meet them where there are and nurture the best in yourself and others from that place.
Thoreau's 'Walden' and Ayn Rand's 25th anniversary introduction to 'The Fountainhead' summarize my library well.
I write this review after my second reading of this title. 'Quiet' is a winner, a must-read for introverts and extroverts alike. My takeaways from this book include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Our "culture of personality" versus yesteryear's "culture of character."
- The Carnegie Institute, and its arrival during the market change to the 'hiring of strangers'
- Corporate management of introverted and extroverted teams.
- Harvard Business School as an example of what the Western market rewards
- Temperament (largely immutable) vs. personality (largely mutable)
- Your personality "tethered by a rubber band" to your temperament
- Quiet vs. aroused babies (the aroused babies grow up to be the introverts)
- The balance between FDR and Elanor's personalities
- The "orchid personality" of introverts: given the ideal conditions, these people bloom unlike any other
- Cupertino, CA. "Asians need to confirm their intelligence; whites have to prove it."
- Asian definition of quality vs. modern western definitions
- "Situation-based temperament"--the professor who is a legendary classroom performer, but a full introvert at home because he cares so much about education he steps out of his disposition.
- High versus low self-monitoring.
- The need for restorative niches for introverts living in an extroverted world.
- Intimate relationships between introverts and extroverts, marriage scenarios. The snake allegory: "I told you never to bite, but I didn't say you couldn't hiss."
- Man and his dramatic wife: he listens to her meaning, not her words.
- The chapter on raising introverted children: packed with more information than I could possibly summarize here. This chapter alone is worth the spent credit, especially for anyone who works with children.
- "Competence leads to self-esteem, not the other way around."
- About half the population has an introverted disposition. Many have learned to
Here's a test to see if you have a sensitive/introverted disposition: listen to Cain's dedication (the final chapter) to her deceased grandfather first. Were you deeply, truly moved by her candor, humor and sincerity? If so, welcome to the club.
Kathe Mazur was -born- to narrate this book. If this narration winds up being her sole contribution to society, her life was well-served. Outstanding job.
Learn more about those around you and yourself. Listen to 'Quiet.'
Dog lover & book addict.
Yes, I wish my husband would listen to it or read it. He might understand me better and understand why he irritates me so much at times. LOL.
This was a great book for me in the aspect that I discovered and learned a lot about myself. I always thought I was weird and just never fit in or there was something wrong with me. Its good to know that there are others like me and that I'm not alone and weird. I just have an introverted personality type. It has been magnified through my 30's and with life's ups and down. I read this book at just the right time and have been able to understand myself better and give myself what I need so that I am not drained and unhappy all the time.
I couldn't stop listening to this book! Every chapter made another excellent point that gave me a deeper understanding of the introverts in my life. WOW! Great read!
Although my lack of interest in the business aspect of Quiet made some chapters a bit dry, this book is still a fantastic read for introverts and extroverts alike.