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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.
|Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking|
By: Susan Cain
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Broadway Books
Publication Date: 2013
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.19 (inches)|
Weight: 11 ounces
Stock No: WW352156
"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
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY People • O: The Oprah Magazine • Christian Science Monitor • Inc. • Library Journal • Kirkus Reviews
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 introvertsRosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniakthat 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 introvertsfrom 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, impeccably 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.
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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 Goghs 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.
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.
"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
"A rich, intelligent book . . . enlightening."The Wall Street Journal
"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."Harpers Bazaar
"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
"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
"Those who value a quiet, reflective life will feel a burden lifting from their shoulders as they read Susan Cains eloquent and well documented paean to introversionand 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
"Susan Cain has done a superb job of sifting through decades of complex research on introversion, extroversion, and sensitivitythis 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 cultures 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
"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 didnt 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 Think Outside the Building
"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 thinkersthe reflective introverts of the world who appreciate that hard problems demand careful thought and who understand that its a good idea to know what you want to say before you open your mouth."Barry Schwartz, author of The Paradox of Choice
"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the readers 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
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