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

    By Susan Cain

From the Publisher:

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.

"From the Hardcover edition."


Psychology
    REVIEW QUOTES

"People" Top 10 Book of 2012
"O, The Oprah Magazine" 10 Favorite Books of 2012"
Christian Science Monitor "Best Books of 2012"
"2012 Goodreads Choice Award, Best Nonfiction
"Fast Company" #1 Business Book of 2012"
Inc Magazine" Best Books for Entrepreneurs in 2012
"Library Journal" Best Books of 2012"
Kirkus Reviews "Best Books of 2012
"An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!'"
--"People""Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts..."Quiet "should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem."
--Fortune.com
"Rich, intelligent...enlightening."
"--Wall Street Journal"
"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike."
"--Kirkus, " Starred Review
"Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader's interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off."
"--Publishers Weekly"
"This book is a pleasure to read and will make introverts and extroverts alike think twice about the best ways to be themselves and interact with differing personality types."
"--Library Journal"
"An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are."
--"Booklist"
"In this well-written, unusually thoughtful book, Cain encourages solitude seekers to see themselves anew: not as wallflowers but as powerful forces to be reckoned with."
--"Whole Living"


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Pages 352
Publisher Broadway Books
Published 01/2013
Language English
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