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.
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Wall Street lawyer–turned–writer Susan Cain dives deep into the subject of her popular TED Talk: modern society’s bias against introverts. Using lively real-world examples and compelling research, Quiet provides an engrossing overview of different personality types—and explores the shortcomings of a culture that overvalues the gregarious and assertive over the thoughtful and measured. It’s a nonfiction book that will lead to revealing conversations.
While American culture and business tend to be dominated by extroverts, business consultant Cain explores and champions the one-third to one-half of the population who are introverts. She defines the term broadly, including solitude-seeking and contemplative, but also sensitive, humble, and risk-averse. Such individuals, she claims (though with insufficient evidence), are disproportionately represented among the ranks of the spectacularly creative. Yet the American school and workplace make it difficult for those who draw strength from solitary musing by over-emphasizing teamwork and what she calls the new Groupthink. Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. For example, she notes, introverts can negotiate as well as, or better than, alpha males and females because they can take a firm stand without inflaming counterpart s ego. Cain provides tips to parents and teachers of children who are introverted or seem socially awkward and isolated. She suggests, for instance, exposing them gradually to new experiences that are otherwise overstimulating. 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.
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30 Years Too Late
Fantastic book. Any introvert who reads this will probably feel the same way I did; where was all this understanding years ago?
It should be mandatory reading and testing in every high school in North America, particularly for the teachers, who in my opinion are in most need of respecting "our kind"
Well done and thanks.
As an introvert in a world that can't stop talking, is refreshing to see this topic gain some traction. It has taken many years, but I think I'm finally able to embrace the strengths of an introvert, finding restorative niches and passion in areas that call for extroversion. It should be read by introverts and extroverta alike so that people can be ok with so called quiet people.
Tout à fait fascinant! Rempli de vérités ....Livre qui porte à la réflexion et au dépassement de soi.