The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking

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The book that started the Quiet RevolutionAt 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...
Publisher: 2012
ISBN: 9780307452207
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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May 15, 2019

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Reminiscent of material that was my constant companion for thirty years of my career, Quiet, brought me back to Personal Development Trainers Zig Ziglar, Tommy Hopkins, Wayne Dyer, Dennis Waitley, etc. Whether it was via tapes in my car, live seminars, or the books on my nightstand; positive extrovert energy was my working mantra for this then introvert gal. "Fake it till you make it" is a Zig Ziglar lesson that has stayed with me for many, many years.

As Cain teaches in Quiet, the lessons of Dale Carnegie can be acquired if a person is a complaint enough. Practice, rehearse, work it, make it believable, even when you would rather be in your own room sitting with your cats and reading books in complete silence.

Well researched, well written, buy the book, highlight passages that resonate with you, and take advantage of the resources the author has supplied. But keep in mind that the world needs both introverts and extroverts and those of us right in the middle.

Groszerita Mar 11, 2019

Susan Cain does a marvelous job of advocating for introverts. This is a must read for all introverts.

Feb 06, 2019

Well, if I didn’t know it before, I do now...I’m an introvert! But perhaps it’s a self-selecting bunch who reads this book. The author Susan Cain, made famous from her TED talk, makes a spirited case for the value of introverts. One gets the gist early on, however it’s nice to hear, and the topic is explored using various psychology studies and personal anecdotes. Some of the topics include the differences with extroverts, the complexities of nature versus nurture, and culture. It’s not always a fast read but it is a worthwhile one, and I especially liked her discussions around work, relationships, and raising introverted children. Susan Cain is on a mission and her passion for her subject extends to helping introverts feel better about themselves and to discover their own passion projects. Now let’s hope I don’t just use this book as an excuse to feel better about staying home.

Nov 28, 2018

Diverse personalities share a number of traits even when they are so very different. Susan Cain describes the personality of introverts versus extroverts, which seem to be categorized as totally different one from the other. Her analyses concludes on how these "very different" personalities converge in moments not considered by most.

Susan Cain has written a great book for us to gain insight into introverts and why they/we act differently to extroverts – about a third of us are introverts. It is a must-read for anyone that is an introvert, or who lives or works with introverts. Fascinating stuff – and useful! (submitted by SC)

Aug 26, 2018

Quiet is a life changing book for me! I feel liberated that it’s ok to be an introvert! And makes me proud that some of the greatest minds are introverts!! So I’m in good company!

Aug 19, 2018

I enjoyed this book very much. It definitely gave me better understanding of being an introvert. And why people sometimes become introverted .

Jul 04, 2018

This book is at once reflective and an exploration of the author's own experiences.
Working as an attorney, and facing challenging opponents, Susan Cain still managed to deal effectively with confrontations. She applied her own strengths. These included her reflective capacity to generate and then ask probing questions. Doggedly persisting, she kept asking questions in meetings and discussions, lowering the heat level, transforming meetings into thoughtful reflections and analysis (e.g., unpacking buried assumptions and premises). I also admire her for taking on the challenge of considering the very topic--the hidden powers of introverts, who in her view (and mine, too) are in a social minority.
Instead of celebrating brash arrogance, she writes clearly about the genuine strengths
possessed by quiet people, those who turn naturally inward to discover and apply those strengths. She also reviews psychology studies that she finds applicable.
I highly recommend this book.

May 29, 2018

worth the read. bought the book.

May 03, 2018

I have always suspected I was a classic introvert and felt like I should be striving to be more of an extrovert. This book showed me the values of the introvert tendencies -- through anecdotes, psychological studies, brain science and more. Reading this book helped me to understand my strengths, how to interact more successfully with extroverts and especially how to capitalize on my gifts. Thank you, Susan Cain!

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Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”
― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Aug 17, 2015

We perceive talkers as smarter than quiet types – even though grade-point averages and SAT and intelligence test scores reveal this perception to be inaccurate. In one experiment in which two strangers met over the phone, those who spoke more were considered more intelligent, better looking, and more likable.

Jul 29, 2015

Probably the most common – and damaging - misunderstanding about personality type is that introverts are antisocial and extroverts are pro-social. But as we’ve seen, neither formulation is correct; introverts and extroverts are _differently_ social. What psychologists call “the need for intimacy” is present in introverts and extroverts alike. In fact, people who value intimacy highly don’t tend to be, as the noted psychologist David Buss puts it, “the loud, outgoing, life-of-the-party extrovert.” They are more likely to be someone with a select group of close friends, who prefers “sincere and meaningful conversations over wild parties.”

Jul 29, 2015

Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure. Open-plan workers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and elevated stress levels and to get the flu; they argue more with their colleagues; they worry about coworkers eavesdropping on their phone calls and spying on their computer screens.

Jul 29, 2015

We tend to forget that there’s nothing sacrosanct about learning in large group classrooms, and that we organize students this way not because it’s the best way to learn but because it’s cost-efficient, and what else would we do with our children while the grown-ups are at work? If your child prefers to work autonomously and socialize one-on-one, there’s nothing wrong with her; she just happens not to fit the prevailing model.

Jun 13, 2014

"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to."


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