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 Power shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the listener 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 in to 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.
©2016 Susan Cain, Gregory Mone, Erica Moroz (P)2016 Listening Library
People Top 10 Book of 2012
O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012
Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2012
"An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!'" (People)
"Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts...Quiet should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem." (Fortune.com)
Bought book to help my quiet 7 year old and realized this book will help me too. I grew up hearing "speak louder" "is she mute?". As I got older I pretended to be an extrovert to feel like I was "better" and I was trying to make my quiet boy more extrovert so he wouldn't struggle like I did, now I realize there is nothing"wrong " with us.
As an adult, I got little out of this book. Seems beneficial for the shy teenager trying to make friends. Just seemed to be example after example of "when this shy person tried X, they were able to accomplish Y".
I realized about half way through the book I was only listening to it for the sake of completing it - about 80% of the way I was unable to continue listening. It's the same message reiterated 20+ times.
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