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)
It was very distracting to hear every single tongue movement of the narrator during the first minutes of the book. It sounded like the mic was inside her mouth. After a while, it either got better or I tuned it out.
Other than that I enjoyed the insights of the book and found a lot of the experiences the author mentioned very similar to mine.
Great takeaway tips and techniques to navigate the sea of talkers that is our culture. It's wonderful when someone can materialize into words what you've felt your whole life.
Yes, I would recommend. The book helps people better understand others and allow them to communicate better, creating a more efficient work environment, a better way to raise kids, improving/saving relationships, and make yourself a better person for it.
The explanation of Asian vs European being Introvert vs Extrovert
I've got a few people that I'm going to share this book to
I originally was not going to read this book because I assumed it was going to be like every other "it's okay to be an introvert" book that talks about how you need all sorts to make a world. I have read that book/article way too many times to read another. I finally gave in when the book was popping up everywhere and on everyone's recommendation lists. I was happily surprised to find that it is much less a self help book then it is a research review on all the studies that have been conducted around introversion and when combining all this research and studies together what that might mean for optimal classrooms, work environments, parenting and many other situations. Where there is the classic "there is nothing wrong with your child/self if they/you are introverted it talks about the more practical side and what studies have to say about optimal levels of stimulation and finding that for every individual or even couple. Great book with loads of NEW and interesting information.
I find myself to be a bit of an ambivert, though through reading this I discovered I do lean more towards introversion than extroversion. The insight Susan Cain provides is powerful and on point. This audio book is a great listen. Good flow, great articulation. When I would rewind, it was only because I wanted to hear again the point she was making (because they were so good)! I would highly recommend this to anyone.
This book was a great insight into my shy and reserved students! I now have some general understanding, and actual tools to deploy in the classroom.
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