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 learned so much about myself, and my children through this book. It is an incredible tool for understanding what makes an introvert tick and what doesn't. I know I will read and reread this one for years! Love it!
great for introverts our anyone whohe deals with them. This was a real eye opener for me, and I've spent a lot of time thinking about the nature of being introverted. Luckily I stumbled across her TED Talk about introverts, that lead me to this book.
Do yourself the favor and read / listen to this. As an introvert this book empowered me in a way I could never have before imagined. And as an expecting father I feel ready to nurture my child whatever his temperament. Thank you for this gift.
Just goes to show this world is made of all kinds of personalities each of which has great value. I also note that each person I know can express personality traits differently as they grow. Those last comments sum up the importance of taking these principles to heart and loving each one for who and what they are.
This is a great book. As an introvert, I felt as if the author was executing a spoken portrait of my psyche and behavior. The performance was also great. I have read some reviews in which some complain about the so-called "boring" tone of the narrator. Not true, in my opinion. I'm not sure what they were expecting. There is no need to dramatize this content... This was a remarkable experience.
Listening to this book was amazing. I was able to truly understand the mind of an introvert from many perspectives. The examples of how to apply this to work, life, parenting and relationships feels to be right on target. Plus the irony of listening to a book written by an introvert feels as if I have had a 10 hour conversation with someone that doesn't like to talk. Excellent book!!!!
I thought I knew everything there was to know about introverts. Decades ago I self identified myself as being a non shy introvert , sought information about them and pardoned myself and my heavily introverted family for thriving in our close but isolated world. What I did not understand was the physiology and more importantly the value and power of introverts. This was indeed intriguing and has given me some useful tools to go forward with. There were parts of this book where I found myself feeling emotional, almost teary and yet freed with permission to be how I am physiologically designed. If you are an extrovert you will also gain some useful insight because most likely if you are successful, you have an introvert in close proximity to you. You may learn the values we have in each other's lives as introverts need extroverts in their lives too.
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