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)
Absolutely. Whether they're an introvert or an extrovert, there's something useful and inspiring for everybody in this book.
Even though this book technically falls under the self-improvement genre, it's not really self-improving at all, and I mean that in a good way. It seems like when most self-improvement books address the subject of introversion they act as if it's some kind of personality shortcoming, which is immediately followed with ways to overcome it and be more "sociable" and "outgoing". Quiet completely blows all of those books out of the water. It goes into great detail about what exactly introversion is and how it differs from its counterpart extroversion, and how it should not be confused with other traits like shyness or timidness. And that's it. No tips on overcoming it or eradicating it. Just what it is, its pros and cons, and stories of successful introverted people.
When I first started listening to this book, I cried. No joke, really. All the memories from my childhood and adolescence in which family, friends, and even teachers made me feel guilty and ashamed of my solitude. I remembered when my mom used to call friends for me to arrange play dates I didn't want (well into my teens) and the agony of choosing groups and partners for activities in grade school (I was almost always the one without a group or partner).
In retrospect, this book taught me that none of these people meant to hurt me at all. They were simply doing what they thought was best for me and would help me succeed in life. But thanks to this book I know better now that you don't have to be Tony Robbins to lead a successful and happy life, and so far I'm doing pretty ok.
I can think of many times in my school career that I or my teachers/counselors would have benefited from this book or others like it, not a lot of people understand introversion and it can lead to problems for some children(just like myself) while interacting with certain types of authority figures.
As an introvert who has a hard time expressing myself and explaining introversion to others this book took a huge weight off of my mind. I could go on and on about how many things in here were true for me and others I know, but then this review would be almost as long as the book! If you're at all introverted or curious about introversion, I'd definitely recommend it.
Avid reader, but new to Audible.
As an antrovert, I felt understood, but not catered to in a rah-rah sort of way. The book was well balanced in terms of extraversion; also, I learned a great deal.
The research was solid, but the book was not dry because there were some personal stories mixed in.
There are a lot of introverts out there in the world, but anyone could gain from reading this book. The narration was excellent.
this book has helped understand myself more and others like me. It has given me a new perspective that being an introvert isn't bad its just different, while pushing myself to do something different as well.
Excellent book! Now I understand myself a little better and appreciate the kind of person I am. This book is very informative for introverts, extroverts, students, teachers, parents, CEO'S and anyone else interested in understanding the people they work, play, and socialize with. This is a must read!
Fascinating Thorough Research; Very Unexpected, Useful Information
New ways to understand the differences between extroverts and introverts
no, too academic for listening to all in one sitting.
I listened to this audio book before receiving my first kitten and I learned a lot! My only critique is the annoying "about to cry" quiver voice she had at certain topics. But overall, great performance!
I loved this book! I wish everyone would read it so we could all get along better and Unilever the world. Extraverts would understand me better, and introverts world feel better in their own skin.
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