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 struggled with the negative impact of being an introvert all my life. Being called shy, aloof, and passive. After listening to this, I am more positive on my personality and confident in what I am able to do. I suggest this to anyone who wants to understand any introvert.
This book reminds me that I am an introvert and there is nothing wrong with it. It helps me to understand my sensitivity and uncomfortableness in public, but also about my strength. All the years that I try to make myself an extrovert. Now this book inspires me to embrace my true self and be very proud of it. Highly recommend this book to any introvert or parent or friend of an introvert.
I loved this book. it really made me rethink my interactions with other people and about how I am. I used to think being shy was a horrible thing to be and in middle school I did tons and tons of research to try to get rid of my shyness.
As an introvert, this book helped me understand a lot of things about myself and feel more comfortable with my personality. It also helped me understand the extroverts with whom I interact.
Such a wonderful book. I am so glad this was a recommendation from Amazon. Truly enjoyed it.
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