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 never read a book that described the way I feel on a daily basis in such a thoughtful way. This book described my traits and personality exactly. Learned slit about myself. Absolutely loved it.
I loved this book. I am an introvert, and listening to this book gave me more insight into who I am as well as how to empower myself in a world of extroverts. This may seem like hyperbole to most, but I am not exaggerating. Working in and around southern politics, I am around many extroverts, and I look forward to being able to put to use what I learned from this book.
Insightful and thought provoking. Wonder what that says about me? I am about to listen to it again. And I have already recommended this book to many people over there last week.
Everything, the content of course. I found the reader rather enjoyable and well paced, I was amazed by her clarity. But most importantly, the groundbreaking idea of relearning how to see each other as we are, not as the main trend may want us to be, and be respectful of what we see, for the richness lies in variety, and rich we are.
I think I am a mix, I do not know, but I loved every aspect of the book. My 5 year old daughter is an introvert I think, I hope I do the concepts on this book justice by applying some of its ideas to my relationship with her and our family. Thank you.
I loved this book. It gave me so much insight into myself and the introverts around me. It helped me understand the behaviors that my children had as infant introverts and be a lot more aware of how to interact effectively with both introverts and extroverts.
I loved how in-depth the research was for this book. I've been telling all my friends and family about it. I want the world to read this book so we can all understand each other better, a lot better.
I am a visually impaired Game of visually impaired photographer and possibly visually impaired entrepreneur I also love technology
I was born visually impaired and always wondered why I couldn't get along with my classmates this book explains it all perfectly. I really loved it
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