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 would highly recommend this book to anyone who has struggled with introversion in an extraverted world. Also, anyone who has an introverted relative struggl8ng with their place in this loud, confusing, and often annoying world.
To be clear, I really enjoyed this book. I think a lot of introverts living in an extrovert world will have a strong sense of familiarity with the stories.
For me, this is more of a comforting listen, rather than a book to make my life better. The author discusses at length tips for parents and teachers of introverts- these suggestions may be helpful (I have no children and am not a teacher).
I don't find this book to be particularly helpful because the central issue of being an introvert in an extrovert world is still there. I suspect that it will be more helpful to an introverted individual to pretend to be an extrovert (even at the expense of productivity) than to maximize his own potential as an introvert. This is just my own opinion, however.
Great book! Susan pulls information from numerous sources and makes a great case for the need for introverts in a culture that promotes and praises extroverts more. She puts together valuable stories that supports her book. This book has help me appreciate who I am more and accept that not enjoying a lively party or an excessive talker is ok. :-)
Very well job in explaining the difference between introversion and extroversion. In my view everyone needs or should read this book specially if they have any question about the way they behaveand have unexplained traits that has bothered them for years.
I enjoyed this audiobook, both the material and the voice were excellent. I admit to be a fan of these books (similar to Malcolm gladwell's books) with a fair amount of history (though more allegorical than factual), anecdote and supporting studies to provide food for thought.
Encourages the listener to reevaluate relationships and expectations that we have in our personal and professional life. I believe that I will be a more effective leader with the knowledge I've acquired from this book
I know I am an introvert. I have always known. And this is one of the first times I felt like I was actually told it was okay to be quiet or want alone time. Not only was I told it was okay, but also that it is normal for introverts. Beyond learning more about myself, this book also covered the history of extroverts and introverts for a cultural prospective which I found absolutely fascinating.
If you are an introvert or have a child or spouse that is an introvert, I would highly recommend this book because it will allow you to understanding why introverts act and react to certain situations.
This is a great book! But at times it's almost like reading a textbook. Which isn't a bad thing, because I love that it provides so much research. However, this isn't an easy read -Requires dedication and focus.
The methodical and thoughtful pace of the reading. It was perfectly suited to the rich content. I listened to the book over the course of several long walks. It takes too much concentration to listen to while multitasking.
The story about Ethan -- the introverted boy whose extroverted parents were determined to "fix" him -- could have been about my parents and me. It brought me nearly to tears.
Never listened to any of her other performances but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
Yes, but it was so content-rich that I had to stop listening to it and think about what I had heard. Now that I have finished it, I might be able to listen to it all at once -- but I would need ten hours when I wasn't doing anything else.
I am glad to have heard about this book. After a lifetime of being criticized and punished in various ways for being quiet and preferring my own company, it is a great relief to know that I don't have a personality defect after all.
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