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 absolutely loved this book. it explained so much and help me gain a full understanding of who i am. She is on point with everything she said. Great narration as well.
I've taken MBTI and Firo-B assessments and had explanations of them from organisational behaviour experts which didn't give me anything like the deep insights that I got from this book.
My wife and I are both introverts, as are our children, and I feel that we understand ourselves and our family better thanks to this book. I also got really actionable advice for living in a society with an extrovert ideal. Sometimes I felt that there was a little bit of extrovert bashing, but I had to challenge myself: was I simply sticking to the societal norm where my style is undervalued? In the end I had a more nuanced view of my own strengths and weaknesses. I would strongly recommend this book to extroverts and introverts, both adolescents and adults.
I think this is a great book for anyone to read because whether you are an introvert or not a lot of people you know and interact with in the world are. This book has given me a lot of insight on myself and my children. Thank you.
Society, philosophy, science, and fiction, and whenever possible, combined!
This was a decent book providing perspective on how different people approach the world. I'm not sure how scientific this was; it was perhaps more of an investigation or survey into other people's works on extraversion/introversion. definitely worth a read especially if you're am introvert.
Lectora todoterreno y bibliotecaria semántica, porque 2.0 ya no es in. Consultora en bibliotecología, libro electrónico y gestión de info.
I love this book and I definitely recommend it to a friend, I like the way the Susan Cain explains introverts are as normal as loud people, specially when about one third to a half population are introverts even they don't recognise or don't accept to be an introvert. I think she makes a good balance between both personalities and makes us understand that it's ok being a quiet person no matter how much other people push us to be talkative and no matter how much society thinks wants us to be in the same room all the time.
If I had to describe this book I would say is about tolerance and understanding other people.
It's my first time whit this topic.
She reads as calm and relaxed as if she was an introvert, I love her performance.
A wonderfully rich book clearly painstakingly researched. A must read for anyone who wants to understand people.
The choice of reader was superb to fit the information being read.
l enjoyed the content and the narrator. I will listen to this book many timed in the future.
I found this book valuable because it provided an increased understanding of introverts. This often misunderstood group of people was shown in a positive light of compassion.
We need both introverts and extroverts, so for anyone who wishes to understand more about the value of each and in particular, introverts, I recommend the book.
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