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

Cain, Susan

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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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Mar 27, 2015

A sociological "Aha" moment. Cain discusses the rise of the extrovert ideal in North American culture, and it's one of those things that once seen, cannot be unseen. It is a great loss that charisma and personality have trumped integrity and character - just look around. Further, the author reframes introversion in terms of sensitivity to stimuli which (at least for me) resonates powerfully. Cain also provides insights and strategies for introverts (and extroverts) which allows them to access the power of their opposite type. And it doesn't hurt that the book is easy to read, peppered with anecdotes illustrating the ideas, even though it contains a lot of research reportage. It's likely that most people who are drawn to this book will be introverts themselves and that's too bad; the focus is on introversion, but everyone can benefit from this thoughtful text.

Mar 05, 2015
  • AnaWright rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

For an introvert like myself this book helped me see that actually what I do in quiet and in silence is valuable. Even though introverts' ideas are sometimes overlooked or dismissed because they're voiced quietly or without certain charisma - they're nevertheless extremely important for team/family/company to be successful. For an extrovert living or working with introverts this book will shed a light on why introverts act as they do, why they don't want to be social all the time, why they need alone time. It would've been nice to see more tips on how I as an introvert can have better interactions with extroverts and get my point/idea across better.

Feb 17, 2015
  • kityojames rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A good read for extroverts, introverts, and those introverts living in the extroversion dream
I Probably didn't get what I expected from this book. But it is a well researched book that provides comforting details on why it is not a crime to be an introvert.

Jan 03, 2015

There aren't many books that I can claim have changed my life. None, actually, until I read this. An eye opener for those who may berate themselves for not quite "fitting in" to the manic hubbub of modern life and society. Beat yourself up for not running the roads, being in crowds, attending noisy events and parties? Release yourself. Read this book.

Dec 20, 2014
  • eleanorsolomon rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book changed my life. I used to be very depressed about the fact that I was so quiet, but Quiet made me realize that it's not so bad after all. Sometimes it's even good! Thank you, Susan Cain.

Dec 17, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I thought I would just devour this book as I believe I am an introvert and wanted to read about others and how we fit in with the extroverts of the world. I did get immersed in the first third, but then I realized that she was writing more of a rah-rah book and with so many examples coming one after the other, I just got slower and slower and finally just skimmed the last bit. The message here, I think, is 'Introversion is fine and has many advantages. You can learn tricks to help you in scenarios where you need to be extroverted. The main thing is to remember to take time to de-buzz yourself.' Maybe a little simplistic but definitely good advice for those who have yet to figure out what works for them.

Dec 04, 2014
  • booboo2014 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Introvert, party of 1! Do you like to stay home on a Friday night and read or watch movies with your cat? Do you dine out or go to movies alone? It's not weird at all! Cain brings to light what I always knew was true; introverts are stronger intellectually for all their lack of participation socially. Finally, a book that can help explain to others why it is important to let introverts be who they are instead of trying to change them into extroverts. Also, Cain has some good tips on how to push the comfort zones for both types.

Nov 28, 2014
  • Lucky_Luke rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A must-read if you have introverts in your life or if you have introvert tendencies yourself. It cracked me up when described a Tony Robins seminar.

Nov 04, 2014

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.

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