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 have a window cleaning & janitorial business that has me working solo much of my time so I enjoy listening to books (nonfiction) as I work
I loved the concept that I don't have to be outgoing afterall
She is one of the best narrators I've heard. Sounds very much like Malcom Gladwell.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. The author covers so much interesting information about introverts that I can't wait to listen to this books again because I'm sure different facts will stick the next time.
She discuses how our introverted nature shows up in a high reactive child, why introverts sometimes thrive in a very outgoing type job and how introverts and extroverts can learn to not only get along, but appreciate and benefit from each others personalities.
I'm an introvert myself and now I know better how to give myself space to be myself but not limit what I can do.
A surprisingly interesting coverage of the differences between introverts and extroverts, how our society works, and what each has to offer.
Sometimes I'll get an *educational* book and listen to it more out of a dutiful goal of wanting to improve a base of knowledge.
This book was fascinating and listening to it was an eager-for-the-next-bit experience. It is a book that could make a difference for individuals, as well as for schools, companies, and pretty much any group of people that need to interact with people, including families.
Every aspect about this book was simply amazing. I highly recommend this book to anyone whether they are introverted or extroverted. I wish Susan would write more books like this as this seems to be her only publication.
I'll save you some time and money: Introverts rule, extrovert drool. I myself am a staunch introvert, an accountant that reads and needs time alone daily, has hobbies that allow isolation such as astronomy and painting. That being said, I only made it a few chapters into this book. I knew I'd be returning it after listening in the car and hearing "Chapter Three" and exasperatedly saying "you're kidding, that's ALL?!" It was a chore to listen to the blast of bitterness.
The first three chapters involve the author going into over-the-top extroverted situations and dogging the extroverts. Statistics full of why extroverts aren't as smart, productive, important as introverts. I feel like you can raise up introverts without insulting extroverts. Even the narrators tone is acerbic and sardonic.
I found this book very informative. I learned a lot about myself and others. I would recommend this to anyone who has associations with others.
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