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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.




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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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December 5th, 2014
This book taught me very much about myself and others i interact with. Very enlightening and encouraging.
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Quite informative
November 1st, 2014
I decided to read this book given that I live with two introverts (my partner and my son) and that I was quite introverted as a child. I liked the book, especially the parts about how an introvert’s brain is wired differently. Very interesting! I wished there were more examples of how to approach specific situations with an introvert, and less comparisons between introverts and extroverts. However, the section about choosing a school for an introvert was good (and timely for me).
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A must read for introverts
June 1st, 2014
Excellent book! Second section gets really slow, but it picks up again. Amazing read!
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Really enjoyed it
February 4th, 2014
For me this book was quite enlightening. I stumble apon this book. Looking for social disorders I may have because I feel so different from most of my friends and family. Discovering the word introvert change my look on my personality. The only problem I had was that I felt she tried to hard to justify being a introvert and didn't think it was needed.
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January 25th, 2014
This book provides excellent insight into the introvert personality. A great read for introverts and extroverts alike, especially in terms of how the introverted person interacts and excels in the areas of business, education, and relationships. Cain's observations are well supported by both personal interviews and documented studies. Highly recommended.
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January 23rd, 2014
I greatly enjoyed Susan Cain's writing. She provides a lot of excellent points and facts about being introverted and extroverted. As an introvert, I agree with the fact that everyone's constantly pushed to have an extroverted exterior or to hide the fact that you're in introvert. She goes into great detail about this while continuing to express just how important and valuable introverts are. Awesome book!
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January 23rd, 2014
An extremely interesting and validating read for anyone who tends to be introverted. Susan explains how and why the western culture, in particular, has grown to value extroverts, the strengths and weaknesses behind being extroverted and introverted, and the studies done on these two different ways of being. At times parts of the book are a little drawn out, but other then that, it's a brilliant read.
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Just finished Quiet by Susan Cain
November 25th, 2013
@susancain rally enjoyed your book. Congrats.
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A good read for introverts
July 8th, 2013
I found this book to be well researched on the subject of introversion. Some of the themes were repetitive but on the whole I was impressed with the way Ms Cain tackled this subject. It would have been nice to see a less negative slant towards extroversion though. I rate it 8 out of 10.
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Insightful
March 10th, 2013
A good read for introverts, educators, extroverts. As I wrapped up the last of the book I thought of the feminine/masculine energies that we all have and the importance of balance. Recognizing, accepting and respecting the feminine energy and how it "looks" is important to healthy living and productive , efficient communities.
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Entertaining book
February 24th, 2013
Not surprisingly, I have many of the so called introvert qualities and recognize elements in my personality. I enjoyed most of the chapters and liked the author pointing out ways both businesses and schools could adapt to make the most of these folks. I am sure I will reread parts of this book and look up some of the studies to help me Understand myself and others.
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Awesome read
December 27th, 2012
Inspired book that's both well written and researched.
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