Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Quiet

By Susan Cain

Synopsis: The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also 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. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Published: January, 2013 | ISBN-13: 978-0307352156

I can only comment as an introvert who likes to read, not a science person… it is a light read, Cain is an intelligent writer but if you like evidence based research in contrast to anecdotal this isn’t for you. I largely live in qualitative land, but still found this more like a self help/motivational book. Introverts will nod in agreement at much of what she writes, but it is extroverts who should really read this, to understand the other side. @_blue_stockings

Quiet shines a light on our tendency, as a society, to pay more attention to the squeaky wheel, while all the while missing out on the riches to be bestowed upon us by the well-oiled ones. It’s an excellent read, conducive to reflection, introspection and enlightment. @stefaniedt

Find out if you are an introvert by doing THE QUIET QUIZ: http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/quiet-quiz-are-you-an-introvert/

Book’s Homepage: http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com
Author’s Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/susancain

New York Times Book Review

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