The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking

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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 twentieth 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.

ISBN: 9780307352149
Characteristics: x, 333 pages ;,25 cm.


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A recommended read for introverts and extroverts alike, Quiet shuts down myths and biases about those of us who prefer to listen rather than talk, and who may come off as anti-social lone wolves. But beyond validating the introvert experience, author Susan Cain breaks down how extroverts can more... Read More »

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Aug 26, 2018

Quiet is a life changing book for me! I feel liberated that it’s ok to be an introvert! And makes me proud that some of the greatest minds are introverts!! So I’m in good company!

Aug 19, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much. It definitely gave me better understanding of being an introvert. And why people sometimes become introverted .

Jul 04, 2018

This book is at once reflective and an exploration of the author's own experiences.
Working as an attorney, and facing challenging opponents, Susan Cain still managed to deal effectively with confrontations. She applied her own strengths. These included her reflective capacity to generate and then ask probing questions. Doggedly persisting, she kept asking questions in meetings and discussions, lowering the heat level, transforming meetings into thoughtful reflections and analysis (e.g., unpacking buried assumptions and premises). I also admire her for taking on the challenge of considering the very topic--the hidden powers of introverts, who in her view (and mine, too) are in a social minority.
Instead of celebrating brash arrogance, she writes clearly about the genuine strengths
possessed by quiet people, those who turn naturally inward to discover and apply those strengths. She also reviews psychology studies that she finds applicable.
I highly recommend this book.

May 29, 2018

worth the read. bought the book.

May 03, 2018

I have always suspected I was a classic introvert and felt like I should be striving to be more of an extrovert. This book showed me the values of the introvert tendencies -- through anecdotes, psychological studies, brain science and more. Reading this book helped me to understand my strengths, how to interact more successfully with extroverts and especially how to capitalize on my gifts. Thank you, Susan Cain!

Apr 24, 2018

Honestly I was so glad when I finally just put it down and returned it to the library. It was more relevant to an introvert in a business environment. Being an introvert I read the reviews about it being insightful with real world applications and that is not the take I received at all. I figured out more insightful skills for the real world on my own than from this. I think extroverts would find this book very helpful in understanding the mind, benefits, and skills of their introvert colleagues.

Feb 14, 2018

My motivation for checking out this book was, I heard comedic writer John Cleese mention that he'd read it, in an interview. Anyway, it wasn't what I expected at all. The whole focus is on business. Big corporate business, CEO's. Anyway, big disappointment for me. She had nothing to say about the crooked corporate system, just stuff like, charismatic, extroverted CEO's are good at telling workers who have no self direction what to do, and take all the credit for all the good stuff that happens. Introverted CEO's who aren't charismatic are good at just growing their businesses and rely on self motivated types to get the job done. Blah, blah, blah...

Gina_Vee Dec 12, 2017

I recommend this book for introverts and extroverts alike. This book is very insightful in terms of interpersonal relationships and differences in personalities.

ArapahoeElaine Oct 11, 2017

This is one of those books that had a big impact on me and changed my thinking in my life. It helped me better understand myself (an extrovert) and my son (an introvert) by giving us excellent examples of the strengths of being an introvert - it was truly a gift.

FindingJane Mar 06, 2017

Ms. Cain expounds on a theory that she’s talked about in seminars around the globe. Quietude isn’t necessarily just for those who are shy, nervous in crowds or tense about speaking in front of audiences. She makes a case that there is no such thing as people who are entirely introverted or extroverted. Most of us lie somewhere between the two extremes.

The book is absorbing and makes its case point by point. At times, readers will find themselves nodding as they identify with the various people Ms. Cain meets and talks to in her search for understanding about why some people are full of insouciance when engaged in a round of giddy social whirls and yet happiest when they are home alone with a book and a soothing cup of tea.

What makes people crave the limelight and others seek the shadows? Why is America so obsessed with people who are confident, loud speakers even when those people are usually the ones with the worst ideas? How can parents ease off children who don’t speak up in class while calmly assuring them that there’s nothing wrong with being silent when other children are talking a mile a minute? How can teachers coax the mute children to participate and not alienate them entirely from class participation?

Ms. Cain not only identifies potential problems between extroverts and introverts; she puts out sound ideas for helping both sides to communicate without falling into frustrating patterns of offensive rebukes and defensive retreats. This is truly the book the softly spoken people have been waiting for and one that many avid bibliophiles will (soundlessly) cheer.

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Aug 17, 2015

We perceive talkers as smarter than quiet types – even though grade-point averages and SAT and intelligence test scores reveal this perception to be inaccurate. In one experiment in which two strangers met over the phone, those who spoke more were considered more intelligent, better looking, and more likable.

Jul 29, 2015

Probably the most common – and damaging - misunderstanding about personality type is that introverts are antisocial and extroverts are pro-social. But as we’ve seen, neither formulation is correct; introverts and extroverts are _differently_ social. What psychologists call “the need for intimacy” is present in introverts and extroverts alike. In fact, people who value intimacy highly don’t tend to be, as the noted psychologist David Buss puts it, “the loud, outgoing, life-of-the-party extrovert.” They are more likely to be someone with a select group of close friends, who prefers “sincere and meaningful conversations over wild parties.”

Jul 29, 2015

Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure. Open-plan workers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and elevated stress levels and to get the flu; they argue more with their colleagues; they worry about coworkers eavesdropping on their phone calls and spying on their computer screens.

Jul 29, 2015

We tend to forget that there’s nothing sacrosanct about learning in large group classrooms, and that we organize students this way not because it’s the best way to learn but because it’s cost-efficient, and what else would we do with our children while the grown-ups are at work? If your child prefers to work autonomously and socialize one-on-one, there’s nothing wrong with her; she just happens not to fit the prevailing model.

Jun 13, 2014

"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to."

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