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 give three stars when a books is good. I reserve four & five stars for plots that blow me away. Don't be disappointed by three stars, this was a good book & I do recommend it. I learned a lot about myself. Being quiet is not bad. If you want to know why, download this book.
I wish I had had this book while I was being raised and then updated when raising my child. By following the almost completely opposite path my parents took with me. My son has grown up to be a remarkable caring intuitive and kind "true to who he really is" person. He was insightful enough to not veer from what made him happy, an environment that was restorative and to do things that energized him.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone raising a child. It will give you tools and insights on how to positively shape your child and their ability to have more self confidence. The outcomes of relationships they have even as toddlers affects whether they can develop the long term behaviors and tools to interact in their social circles growing up.
Coming from a science background I appreciated all her research and study data.
Susan Cain has brought my attention to something that effects me and everyone else I've ever known, yet somehow we have all been completely oblivious to it, I feel tremendously enlightened, and for that I am very thankful.
Reader's voice is easy to listen to.
I'd recommend this book especially to parents and teachers. This information would have saved me a lot of angst had I learned about introversion earlier in life. It's really a great book for anyone looking to better understand themselves, coworkers, loved ones...
Couldn't stop listening. Excellent Book! I wouldn't have even thought to think this to be an actual subject!
Loved this with grateful joy. The views of both extrovert and introvert way of existance helped to start understand many familiar situations I've found myself in. Also the voice and way of narrating was pleasant.
I wish I'd had this context when I first entered the workforce. It will definitely be a "suggested" read to all future managers/teammates if they really want to get to know me because I CLEARLY will not be inviting them to lunch to get to know each other . . . At least not without a lunch "break" after. ;)
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