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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 Speaks Loud and Clear

    A must read for everyone. It has made me rethink what we expect from our "Quiet" students.

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    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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    This book taught me very much about myself and others i interact with. Very enlightening and encouraging.

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    Quite informative

    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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    Entertaining book

    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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