At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.
Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the 20th century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.
Perhaps most inspiring, she introduces us to successful introverts--from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert."
This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
©2012 Susan Cain (P)2012 Random House
"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike." (Kirkus)
"Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.-" (Publishers Weekly)
"An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are." (Booklist)
I appreciated the various areas covers from child rearing to dating, first years of college and promotions at work. Very interesting compilation of findings shared and crafted into meaningful messages for any type of person.
This book has definitely changed me. It is a mind medicine for introverts. I definitely recommend this book to be read by everyone, including parents and school teachers who look after introvert children.
This book enlightened me on so much history concerning personality and its influence on centuries of generations. It is a very affirming book with excellent verbalization on the cerebral world. Great insight and great delivery. I can easily recommend this to many of my closest friends and family!
This book is beautifully written and narrated. Gives such insight into the labels we have given people and how being "introverted" implies a bad thing instead of seeing it as an attribute. Interesting when we as a society started feeling the pressure to be outgoing, that being extroverted was considered good, and the why. Will re-listen to it one day, as it was so interesting. Gave me some insight into others personality traits.
I related to so many things in this book, loved it. My wife and I learned a lot about each other's approach to things and to our kids. Highly recommended if you have an interest in learning about different ways of processing information and looking at the world. Useful for family relationships, but also in the corporate world or anywhere you work with other people.
excellent book; highly recommended for anyone who is an introvert or knows one. I found the stories in this book to be truly inspirational.
This is a very in depth look at introversion and how our society responds to it. We refer to it mostly as shy or quiet, and often misunderstand it as a weakness or setback. However, this book argues that it can very much be associated with a deep thinker that is well informed, well planned, and therefore, well prepared.
The book uses many examples (scientific and anecdotal) of actions/traits of extroverts & introverts and how they are viewed as a strength or weakness. The very detailed statistics can get overwhelming, maybe bc I'm an introvert, but they help support the very in depth look at introverts and their obstacles in social interaction.
Overall, it is a great read, and helped very much to get the reader to understand the "quiet" person
For every person who never understood why other people threw big parties and seemed to enjoy them - THIS IS YOUR BOOK!
this book was great in me introspecting on my own nature. I also found that the narrator was excellent given the subject matter. while listen, I found myself in a "meditative zone". good work.
I have struggled with the negative impact of being an introvert all my life. Being called shy, aloof, and passive. After listening to this, I am more positive on my personality and confident in what I am able to do. I suggest this to anyone who wants to understand any introvert.
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