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, ...
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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What a powerful book about the power of an introvert in a world that can't stop talking!! My sister sent me the info with a note that said: They have finally written a book about me." I have sent it to others who have basically said the same thing. A great read!
Aug 18, 2014
Perhaps when you have been with a group of extroverts for a day, or several days, you simply have to get OUT. You need to be alone. You need to think about your own thoughts, and not need to share.
That's a quick way to investigate your own mind. If that is how you feel you are an introvert. Otherwise you are an extrovert, needing others to share with, needing new ideas, needing things that just don't make any sense but let you laugh.
There are other ways, and the book will dip much deeper, but the words above are a good start.
I call this a five star.
Jun 12, 2014
Great book for introverts and extraverts alike with much relevant information for all of us. Counters prevailing assumptions that the best course of action is always the one put forward first and loudest. Let's all listen to the quiet ones among us.
Jul 20, 2013
An Awesome Book:
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 industry has turned it into the ideal.
After explaining the differences between the introvert and the extrovert in the light of the latest psychological and neuroscience research, Cain shows what the introvert brings to the table. Everyone in business doesn?t have to be an extrovert ? and Cain proves it through real-life examples.
I feel the strongest part of the book is the light she places on introverted children and how to help them accept their differences, help them strategize their difficulties (classrooms are mostly set up for group activities; this constant togetherness is hard on introverted children) and become successful people.
Cain also spends time with parents, helping them understand how they can help their introverted children to shine. She gives examples of extroverted parents with introverted children and extroverted children with introverted parents. I only wish this book were around when I was a kid; my aunt constantly took my book away and made me ?go out and have fun.?
I feel that Cain?s message is uplifting: Even though Americans are mostly extroverts, introverts can make their mark by accepting their unique gifts and giving themselves the quiet time they need to think.
Apr 18, 2013
A very informative read
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--and open office plans are not the best way to maximize employee productivity. I'm looking for more books like this, where the science of introverts is written in a conversational manner.
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