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)
Yes. This book helped me to see the person I really am. This book has helped me to see strengths in what I previously felt were weaknesses. It has also helped me to understand people around me.
Insight into introverts
Read in the first person
No specific one
Of the quiet; what it tells us
Informative insight to thought processes of introverts. Comparisons and contrasts to extroverts. Revealing interesting hypothesis.
It's an interesting view into the minds of introverts and extroverts--psychologically, socially, and culturally.
No. Her narration drove me nuts. Just because this book is about introverts does not mean that you have to narrate the book as if you are trying to make someone fall asleep. I'm an introvert. I don't speak breathily (if that's a word).
I really liked the book, but the narration was not my cup of tea.
The best as both the most momentous and the only audiobook I listened to a second time within a week of finishing it for the first.
Intelligent, well-written, and inspiring
I loved it, despite being an extrovert (or at least I thought I was). Surprisingly, introverts and extroverts will gain from and enjoy it.
I thought it was exceptional.
I not only learned a great deal from this book, I found it so interesting and the case studies and examples so enjoyable I couldnt put it down. I am what most would consider a classic extrovert personality. But now I know, that isnt really the case. Who'd a thought a nonfiction could be so interesting and entertaining in addition to thought provoking.
I count myself as an introvert with some traits typical of extroverts. This uncomfortable coexistence of two (often conflicting) extremes have made me awkward for years to put it mildly.
This book will not give you one perfect solution to your issues whether you're an introvert yourself or an extrovert who's having a hard time dealing with introverts. Still, it gives you some insights. And some comfort, too, if you've been trying quite hard to conform to a dominantly extrovert environment and found it very frustrating.
I'd rather some of extroverts who underestimate all introverts all the time read this book.
Well, I think my review has become quite personal. But I can say for sure that this is a very good book.
As an introvert I have often felt out of place in an extoverted world. This book did an incredible job of putting everything in context including the history of introversion in the US, brain science, famous introverts, the special strengths of introverts, and practical advice about living in a world of extroverts. I understand myself a lot better after listening to this book (twice) and no longer feel put down by the attitudes many have about introverts. Awesome book and a great reader. Highly recommended!
Reading scifi and biographys, hmm
Yes I have recommended it to family and friends. Excellent description of how introverted or quiet people do and can live their lives.
The authors descriptions of her personel experiences.
I listened to it until I was done over a few days, didnt get bored or go to a different book.
I wish I would have had this when I was a child or something similar. I also wish I would have had it as a new parent years ago when my children turned out shy and quiet. I dealt with my life the way I saw best and tried to teach that. "Quiet" describes what I did to cope with the world around me but not everyone can do it my way etc...
Maybe, depending of the subject
Narration is good
No, everything is covered and at times redundant.
First 5 chapters are really interesting. It gets boring in the middle, where she is trying to fit temperaments into the evolution mumbo-jumbo. It gets better a few chapter after that, where very good suggestions are given for child education, both at home and in school. Overall is a good read.
Yes. It is the conversational style of the language used that makes this audio edition so appealing and effective. It was like having a meaningful and purposeful conversation with a respected and collegial friend.
The research and documentation that was done to support the claims presented, particularly strong was the personal encounters, e.g. actually attending a Tony Robbins seminar, one-on-one interviews with real time students at HBS, etc.
No, I have not.
That there exists and Asian-dominated city in California that boasts SAT scores of 20% higher than the national average.
I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed every spoken word and will be listening to it over and over again.
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