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


"Quiet" is the "Sunday Times" and "New York Times" bestseller by Susan Cain that champions the introvert and explains why this personality type is so important in society. Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed. That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert. The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers. Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are. In "Quiet", Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, "Quiet" will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself. "I can't get "Quiet" out of my head. It is an important book - so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices". (Jon Ronson, "The Guardian"). "Susan Cain's "Quiet" has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen". (Megan Walsh, "The Times"). ""Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm". (Daisy Goodwin, "The Sunday Times"). "A startling, important, and readable page-turner". (Naomi Wolf, author of "The Beauty Myth"). "Mark my words, this book will be a bestseller". (Guy Kawasaki, author of "Enchantment"). Susan Cain is the owner of The Negotiation Company, a firm that trains people in negotiation and communication skills. Her clients include Merrill Lynch, Standard & Poor, University of Chicago Business School and many of the US' most powerful law firms. She previously practiced corporate law for seven years with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. Hide synopsis

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

Overall customer rating: 4.800

An Awesome Book:

by jjares on Jul 20, 2013

This is an incredible book; totally validating for those of us who are introverts. Cain?s research is exhaustive and illustrated that this wasn?t some psychobabble by a new theorist. Cain takes the historical approach to ?how America turned into the land of the Extrovert.? In fact, business and ... More


A very informative read

by alexillinois on Apr 18, 2013

This was one very fascinating book, particularly the first half. Finally an explanation for "white coat syndrome" and other anomalies that have plaqued me throughout my life. The book also explores recent scientific evidence that working in groups is not necessarily the best way to solve problems ... More


Why Cain's "Quiet" is a Hermit's Choice

by Eleece on Mar 18, 2013

This book was recommended to me by a former academic turned university librarian owing to his personal realization that he was more introverted than he had previously understood and had finally found peace when he recognized it, and then found work more suited to his personality style. I usually do ... More


Know this...

by Lee on Mar 7, 2013

This is a personal review of information regarding introverts and their behavior patterns as studied by scientists, psychiatrists and other professionals. More

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Life affecting

by Paula D on Jan 31, 2013

What a unique and brilliant way to finally understand yourself! This author has done her homework and put it all in writing. To go your whole life thinking you're extroverted, but in reality you're not. It's OK to shut up! There's so much likability in someone who is a great listener. She put into ... More

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