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)
This book was extremely helpful in understanding myself and my wife. Some of the examples were like Susan Cain had observed interactions in my home and put them down on paper.
This book was awesome, learning about the various personality types and the strength of introspection, it was also extremely well referenced and researched.
Interesting and valuable insights. Well done. I've recommended to teachers, parents and healthcare, and it rang true, especially the second portion of the book.
Seems based mostly on proper academic research and reports of validated scientific experiments by professionals. I can highly recommend this to those out there tired of self-help books based more or less on mere subjective observations and unsuported and untested assumptions and hypotheses.
I have longed for a book to explore this subject and this is a wonderful beginning.
This has forever changed the way I view myself and those around me. I have recommended this book widely. Great narrator.
This book helped me recognize who I am in a very specific light. It showed me meaning to why I thought aspects of my personality were flawed, and how they actually are a great thing. I would definitely recommend this book to introverts and extroverts
At first I though it would just repeat the idea of "introverts ain't bad!" over and over, but it actually went pretty deep about research and what it means to be an introvert, what traits makes you one and how the line isn't so definite.
The performance was pretty good too.
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