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 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
I fit somewhere firmly in the middle of being an Introvert and Extrovert, but despite not fitting either group one way or the other, the books insights have shed light on both sides of my social 'coin'. A book worthy of taking notes.
I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to others, but I only gave it three stars because it was boring and repetitive at times and I didn't like her defensive tone throughout the book. When I went into reading this book I didn't doubt the strength of introverts. I admire the social skills of extroverts, but if I had a choice I would choose to be an introvert. I felt like she was trying a little too hard to prove our worthiness, which just confused me.
Nobody in their right mind
Um in some ways
I don't really know and was not able to appreciate her performance in this book. I will probably try something else by her. For now, this book wasn't it and I was struggling to finish it...which has nothing to do with the narrator but with the book itself
All of it
Terrible, bad, never again
Quiet offers valuable insights that most could benefit from; whether it's to understand and accept yourself, your family, friends, colleagues or others you interact during life's journey. Place a premium on the individual, meet them where there are and nurture the best in yourself and others from that place.
Dog lover & book addict.
Yes, I wish my husband would listen to it or read it. He might understand me better and understand why he irritates me so much at times. LOL.
This was a great book for me in the aspect that I discovered and learned a lot about myself. I always thought I was weird and just never fit in or there was something wrong with me. Its good to know that there are others like me and that I'm not alone and weird. I just have an introverted personality type. It has been magnified through my 30's and with life's ups and down. I read this book at just the right time and have been able to understand myself better and give myself what I need so that I am not drained and unhappy all the time.
I couldn't stop listening to this book! Every chapter made another excellent point that gave me a deeper understanding of the introverts in my life. WOW! Great read!
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