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'm a trucker of nearly 25 years. Listening to the radio is a matter of habit for me, but hearing the same songs over and over and OVER again became old. Audio books help those miles roll by faster!
I have a long commute to work, so I listen to audio books as a way to indulge my periodic craving for books while maintaining the ability to drive. Because of this, I have not actually read the print version so am not in a position to compare.
Discovering someone willing to stand up and say it's OKAY to be an introvert!
No particular "scene". That's not the right word. Rather, the insightful way the author explains how well extroverts and introverts can compliment each other without extroverts pressuring introverts to change their core personalities.
No extreme reaction, but a sense of relief there are other people like me who are comfortable being the introverts we are and feel we can live among our more extroverted neighbors without actually having to become one!
An excellent book detailing the fundamental differences between two distinct personality types.
I didn't read the print version.
Non-fiction, so no real "characters."
She has a nice, clear voice and she projected an empathy with the material that made for a great listen.
Yes! I think it took me about two days to finish.
While I thought I had long since made peace with my introverted personality, I wound up liking and understanding myself a little better after finishing this book. It was sort of healing for me...an affirmation that it really is okay to loathe cocktail parties! As an introvert, we are always told something is "wrong" with our personalities...it was great to hear that there is so much that is "right" about us, too. A truly entertaining listen...especially important for extroverts seeking to understand their introverted children.
In today's extroverted world, it's nice to hear someone say introversion isn't a "...horrible problem that you need to overcome". It's nice to hear that introversion can actually be an asset to society. It's nice to hear someone point out that the introvert in engineering, who invents and designs products, actually brings value to the company.
Her reading is nice, but nothing spectacular, but if I have to answer this question, I would have to say "relaxed eyes", since I could close my eyes and just listen.
The information presented in Quiet is so important for parents, teachers, business men and women, everyone! I only wish I had been able to read this when my own children were young.Reading this book will give you insight into yourself and others, make you more effective at work and in relationships, and make you a more compassionate, even happier, person, because you will have a greater understanding of why people are the way they are and how to take advantage of and love your natural inclinations.
I listen to books while I walk my dog, turning even the dreariest rain and cold into a wonderful escape.
I'd recommend this book to anyone who is open to a fresh perspective introverts and how they fit (and don't fit) in to modern business culture and the educational system that feeds it. You'll find yourself picturing specific friends and colleagues as you listen, and appreciate them even more.
This book was extremely well-researched and thoroughly documented. Sometimes the author's background as a lawyer lead to overkill with the evidence, and she probably could have cut several chapters and made the same point. But overall it was a very well-argued and well-supported book, and despite the repetitive nature of the points she was making, I listened all the way to the end.
Kathe Mazur's reading was superb.
Quiet inspired me to think differently, about my naturally quiet and introverted friends - and about myself.
Yes, from the very first opening lines it got me. As an introvert I always felt out-of-place, especially at the new corporate world where louder folks seem to move up faster. This gave me an insight and a better understanding of myself... heck, I'm not the only one.
Plus, it relates it to culture and what things introverts tend to be better suited for. The best part is collecting a few tips to help deal with things in a loud office, I'm still trying to implement these.
All in all, it gave me a new confidence knowing there's nothing wrong with me and how I need to shift my habits rather than trying to change everything about it to fit into the extrovert ideal.
Introverts, BE YOURSELF!
The book tackled the concept of introversion from all angles. It celebrated the value of introversion and called attention to a tremendous societal bias that devalues introversion.
The concept that stimulation exhausts us in the wrong amounts based on our level of introversion. This explained a lot for me.
There are serious implications to how we view and interact with various personality types in all areas of our lives. That makes this book a must read for any and everybody.
Great and interesting ideas.
Malcolm Gladwell's Blink
This was one of my favorite performances - her pitch and voice were perfect for the subject.
I can stop feeling weird that I'm uncomfortable at cocktail parties!
This book connected with me and I am guessing with many on this site. All those that would be just as happy staying home and reading a good book as attending a great party. In a world that favors the extrovert it was refreshing to outline the strengths of the introvert. Good research, well written, nicely read and recommended to all those that might feel inclined to apologize for being introverted or for having a spouse, child or coworker that falls in that category.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
I learned about the psychological trait of Introversion about 18 years ago. The author, a lawyer by trade, did excellent research on this subject and presented it in an interesting format. Overall the book is outstanding and I've recommended it to quite a number of others.
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