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)
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.
Finally I know!
Susan Cain didn't just describe the history of extroverts and introverts. She described the history of the extrovert ideal. When and how did we became so obessed with being an extrovert.
My favorite parts of this book were the examples. Sometimes it seemed a bit too bogged down with research. It may take a while for everything to sink in. My son thought it would be good to discuss, but so far we have had little interaction about the book.
It, at times, almost seemed creepy how well this book (no pun intended) spoke to me. Highly recommended not just to teachers but I'd say everyone needs to give this a read (or listen.)
Great insightful read packed with science based rational regarding the power of introversion! I found this book to be useful for not only introverts but extroverts, parents, teachers, managers and others who need to understand the power of working and living with introverted people and personalities.
Quiet is a book that all people working in the field of education should read. In education, we often discuss and determine different types of inclusionary processes, which we believe considers all types of learners. From Quiet, I've realized that often those discussions focus on students learning styles or intellectual needs, but there is an additional quality that needs to be included in the discussion.
It was wonderful. I learned so much about myself. It was well presented and organized. Each chapter brought new ideas that led me to "ah ha" moments. I finished feeling very empowered in my introvertness. I had many take aways of tools to use to be a better member of society while also taking care of myself well.
This is such an entertaining book - from start to finish!
The substance is solid and the reader was enjoyable. This was my second time reading it and I'll probably read it one more time before i pass it on
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