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)
wonderfully narrated and beautifully written this book shows how introverts can fit into today's noisy world
Lots of great ideas that resounded with me. Helped me to understand myself much better and allowed me to appreciate some of the special strengths that I have as an introvert where I previously saw weaknesses.
Yes I would recommend this to anyone interested in learning more of what makes us alike, different and complex.
The "explanation" of what an introvert is.... deeply sensitive which explains so much.
A different perspective is the one of the best ways to relate to all people.
Extremely redundant. You can cut the book in half and not lose anything of value. Too many unnecessary anecdotes. The message and most insight is achieved the first half, then she continues on and on repeating her self with nearly no new and or interesting supporting data. I don't regret reading it, but i would have appreciated a more concise discussion. Read the first half; then move on.
The book itself is a wonderful piece that explores the world of introverts and extroverts. Even though the book is tailored to introverts, the Susan Cain does not favour one type too heavily over the other. Kathe Mazur does an excellent reading of the book. Her soft-spoken voice helps to really bring the content to life and was the perfect choice.
Very insightful, with practical ideas when working, socializing, or parenting someone wherever they are on the spectrum from introvert to extravert.
This book has explained a lot of the "troubles" I had growing up. How I tried to fit in and put on a happy face only to still feel empty and misunderstood.
Whether you consider yourself enough an introvert or an extrovert, this book will help you not only to understand the people around you but how to work and live together with people who view the world differently.
I especially appreciate the last chapter, when you are parenting an introverted child.
the length. i found it super interesting for the first 4 chapters or so. after that, it was just repetitive and like beating a dead horse.
I have never read a book that described the way I feel on a daily basis in such a thoughtful way. This book described my traits and personality exactly. Learned slit about myself. Absolutely loved it.
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