Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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A paradigm-shifting book that shows how dramatically our culture has come to misunderstand and undervalue introverts and gives introverts the tools to take full advantage of their strengths.

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying and 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, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves. Author Susan Cain charts the rise of "the extrovert ideal" throughout the 20th century and shows how it has come to permeate our culture. She explores cutting-edge research on the biology and psychology of temperament and outlines practical skills that can benefit nearlyall of us, including how to network if you hate small talk, how to modulate your personality according to circumstance, and how to empower introverted children.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0307352153
ISBN-13: 9780307352156

Publisher's Description

The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At 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 permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content

Author Bio

SUSAN CAIN is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into thirty-six languages, has appeared on many "Best of" lists, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain’s book was the subject of a TIME Magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 10 million times, and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. In 2014, Cain partnered with office design company Steelcase to create Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work.  She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. You can visit her at www.thepowerofintroverts.com., and follow her on twitter (@susancain).

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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. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.

Publisher's Description

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Science and psychology is beginning to recognize that where we fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum shapes our lives every bit as profoundly as gender or race. In fact, it is the single most fundamental dimension of personality--"the north and south of temperament," as one scientist puts it. It affects who our friends and partners are and how we love, negotiate, and fight with them. It influences the careers we choose and the degree to which we succeed in them. It governs how likely we are to bet on the stock market, blush when embarrassed, exercise, commit adultery, function without sleep, go through a yellow light, solve math problems correctly when tipsy or caffeinated, and even use the phrase "what if." It is reflected in our brain pathways and neurotransmitters and reverberates through every corner of our nervous systems.

It is also the subject of Susan Cain's groundbreaking new book, Quiet, which begins by taking us on a whirlwind tour of our culture, which has become dominated by what Cain calls "the Extrovert Ethic," and then travels back in time to examine how it got that way. The Extrovert Ethic runs so deep that its hierarchies can seem inevitable--of course we prefer extroversion to introversion, of course our ideal self is sociable and dominant--but Cain reveals that it's actually the product of a very particular moment in time. She tells the surprising story of Dale Carnegie's childhood and explores the perfect storm of historical forces that changed America, around the turn of the 20th century, from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality. Seamlessly blending first-person narrative with excursions into history and science, Cain takes us to a Tony Robbins self-help seminar, to classes at Harvard Business School, and to Sunday services at Rick Warren's Saddleback Church--all settings that illustrate how deeply our culture rewards extroversion, and how costly that can be for society as a whole.

Cain also takes us to a lab where scientists are scanning the brains of introverts and extroverts. She explores the boundaries where nature starts and nurture stops. And she uncovers the physiological reasons why some people are naturally cool and others conscientious, why there's only a hair's difference between heroes and criminals, and why it's perfectly natural for some people to enjoy homework and dislike parties. She explores the psychobiology of extroversion: how the same traits that fueled the dynamism of JFK's Camelot led to the Great Recession of 2008, as well as major military blunders throughout history. If there were more introverts in the room at decision-making time, she argues, these disasters might have been prevented. And she shows why the world will depend on the strengths of introverts in the decades to come.

In the final chapters Cain outlines practical skills that can benefit nearly all of us, including how to modulate your personality according to circumstance and how to empower introverted children. She reveals what introverts and extroverts should know about negotiating, fighting, and loving each other. And for those of us who are introverts, she offers new insights into organizing the workplace, finding work we love, spending weekends happily, negotiating business deals, unleashing our creativity, and speaking in public. Most important, we'll discover that just about any skill is within our grasp as long as we approach it from a starting place that's true to our nature.

Editorial Reviews


Fast Company’s  #1 Best Business book of 2012
INC Magazine’s Best 2012 Books for Entrepreneurs
People Magazine’s 10 Best Books of 2012
O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012
Christian Science Monitor’s Best Books of 2012
GoodReads Nonfiction Choice Award Winner
Audible’s #1 Non-Fiction book of 2012
Amazon’s Best Books of 2012
Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012
Library Journal’s Best Books of 2012
Kirkus REVIEWS’ Best Books of 2012

"An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!'"

"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."

"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."

"Charm and charisma may be one beau ideal, but backed by first-rate research and her usual savvy, Cain makes a convincing case for the benefits of reserve."
—Harper's Bazaar 

"Quiet is a thought-provoking and fascinating work that reminds us of the dangers of solely listening to the loudest voices."
—Psych Central

"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

"Cain’s Quiet revolution calls us all to rethink the way we value human contribution."
—Revel In It Mag

"Those who value a quiet, reflective life will feel a burden lifting from their shoulders as they read Susan Cain's eloquent and well documented paean to introversion--and will no longer feel guilty or inferior for having made the better choice!"
—MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, author of Flow and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University
"Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read, Quiet is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand the gifts of the introverted half of the population."
—GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of The Happiness Project

"Quiet is a book of liberation from old ideas about the value of introverts. Cain’s intelligence, respect for research, and vibrant prose put Quiet in an elite class with the best books from Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and other masters of psychological non-fiction."
—TERESA AMABILE, Professor, Harvard Business School, and coauthor, The Progress Principle

"As an introvert often called upon to behave like an extrovert, I found the information in this book revealing and helpful. Drawing on neuroscientific research and many case reports, Susan Cain explains the advantages and potentials of introversion and of being quiet in a noisy world."
—ANDREW WEIL, author of Healthy Aging and Spontaneous Happiness
"Susan Cain has done a superb job of sifting through decades of complex research on introversion, extroversion, and sensitivity--this book will be a boon for the many highly sensitive people who are also introverts."
—ELAINE ARON, author of The Highly Sensitive Person

"Quiet legitimizes and even celebrates the ’niche’ that represents half the people in the world."
—GUY KAWASAKI, author of Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
"Susan Cain is the definer of a new and valuable paradigm. In this moving and original argument, she makes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture's overvaluation of extroversion. A startling, important, and readable page-turner that will make quiet people see themselves in a whole new light."
—NAOMI WOLF, author of The Beauty Myth
"Superb…A compelling reflection on how the Extrovert Ideal shapes our lives and why this is deeply unsettling. Based on meticulous research, it will open up a new and different conversation on how the personal is political and how we need to empower the legions of people who are disposed to be quiet, reflective, and sensitive."
—BRIAN R. LITTLE, PH.D., Distinguished Scholar, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University  
"Quiet elevates the conversation about introverts in our outwardly-oriented society to new heights. I think that many introverts will discover that, even though they didn't know it, they have been waiting for this book all their lives."
—ADAM S. MCHUGH, author of Introverts in the Church
"Gentle is powerful... Solitude is socially productive... These important counter-intuitive ideas are among the many reasons to take Quiet to a quiet corner and absorb its brilliant, thought-provoking message."
—ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Harvard Business School professor, author of Confidence and SuperCorp
"Memo to all you glad-handing, back-slapping, brainstorming masters of the universe out there: Stop networking and talking for a minute and read this book. In Quiet, Susan Cain does an eloquent and powerful job of extolling the virtues of the listeners and the thinkers--the reflective introverts of the world who appreciate that hard problems demand careful thought and who understand that it's a good idea to know what you want to say before you open your mouth."
—BARRY SCHWARTZ, author of Practical Wisdom and The Paradox of Choice

"A smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude that makes you want to shout from the rooftops. Quiet is an engaging and insightful look into the hearts and minds of those who change the world instead of tweeting about it."
—DANIEL GILBERT, professor of psychology, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness

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    Must read for introverts and the extroverts that love them.
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    Do you feel uncomfortable in large groups, preferring intimate one-on-one discussions? Would you rather be home with a good book on Friday night while others are out at clubs? If so, there's a good chance you're an introvert. The bad news: this world has become increasingly extroverted, especially in the west. The good news: there are more introverts out there than you may think. You are not alone, although you may feel like it sometimes. In "Quiet," Susan Cain presents what it's like for introverts to live in a world dominated by an extrovert culture. She focuses on research that has been done to test levels of introversion/extroversion, the differences in how these groups think and interact, and the best ways to overcome these traits that seem to hold us back (when the need arises). Overall, she encourages the world to embrace its introverted citizens, often asking how the world (schools/work places/economy) would be different if both extroversion and introversion were embraced equally.

    I'veknown for years that I am an introvert. I've come to embrace it as an adult. I don't like public speaking, I don't like the spotlight, I tend to blend into the crowd (very happily), and I enjoy solitude and doing things on my own such as reading and studying things that interest me. I've learned to love my "Geek"-side. So, this book confirmed some things for me that I already knew, but there were things about myself that I actually learned from this book. Why did I feel so uncomfortable in that situation? Why couldn't I express my thoughts better during that conversation? This book opened my eyes to a lot of the "whys"behind my behaviors that I've just learned to accept and embrace. It's also very comforting to know that there are so many others out there who feel the same way, even if they've become good at hiding it.

    "Quiet" is very well researched. Cain definitely did her homework for this one. I'm considering giving this to my friends, co-workers, and family who don't always "get" me. Maybe it will help them understand.
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