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

Cain, Susan

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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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super helpful for managers of introverts

Oct 31, 2014
  • modis01 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I liked how she put a spotlight on introverts and showing their place in the world. It was refreshing to view the world in a non-extrovert context and to show how introverts are undervalued.

Aug 16, 2014
  • bighappyreader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very enlightening and well written.

Jul 15, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

In a society where being “outgoing” is highly valued, “Quiet” is a breath of fresh air. It is an insightful and well-written book, which I recommend to everyone, especially parents.

Jun 14, 2014
  • IPL_Mandy rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book offers some interesting insights into how introverted people interact with the world. A great book to read for those who are more introspective, but also for outgoing people trying to understand how a family member or friend sees the world. I took some of her remedial suggestions with a grain of salt, but they certainly get you thinking about how and why we structure things in institutions.

Serving suggestion: kohlrabi fritters

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The proudly introverted author investigates differences between extroversion and introversion, portrays the lives of successful introverts, and argues that extroversion has been unfairly valued in our society.
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The proudly introverted author investigates differences between extroversion and introversion, portrays the lives of successful introverts, and argues that extroversion has been unfairly valued in our society.

Apr 08, 2014
  • mike_kon rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The book itself is interesting and nicely written, more like fiction. However, as already mentioned here in the comments, I believe human beings are to complex to define them solely as being introvert or extrovert.

The book though is interesting and informative.

Apr 05, 2014
  • mezzotara rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I found this book extremely interesting and very validating. The style is very readable and the facts are well researched. It considers many facets of life, from childhood through career development, romantic relationships through parenting. My associations with the song, "Singing in the Rain" have been permanently altered as a result of this book.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is introverted or who knows someone who is--in other words, to everyone.

This book taught me a lot about society's view of introverts, as well as what introversion is and isn't. Even though it was a science/psychology book, I enjoyed it as much as any fiction I've read in a long time.

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