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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (Platinum Nonfiction) [Large Print] [Hardcover]

Susan Cain
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)

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May 2012 Platinum Nonfiction

Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed.

That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert.

The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers.

Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are.

In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Center Point; Lrg edition (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611734207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611734201
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,039,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book - so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices (Jon Ronson The Guardian )

Susan Cain's Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen (Megan Walsh The Times )

Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm (Daisy Goodwin The Sunday Times )

A startling, important, and readable page-turner (Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth )

Mark my words, this book will be a bestseller (Guy Kawasaki, author of Enchantment ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Susan Cain is a writer who specialises in psychological non-fiction. She has a blog on PsychologyToday.com, and her New York Times article on the evolutionary benefits of shyness was the most e-mailed article in the paper when published. She previously worked in corporate law for seven years, representing clients like J.P. Morgan and General Electric, and then became a negotiations consultant with clients including Merrill Lynch and Shearman & Sterling. She graduated with honors from Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She lives on the Hudson River, New York, with her husband and two sons. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Introverts of the world unite 26 April 2012
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Throughout my life I have had well meaning people telling me I should want to socialise all the time and that there is something wrong with me because I would almost always prefer to be curled up at home with a book. I have always had to battle for my quiet time against my nearest and dearest who think I should want to be with them. If I spend too much time with other people I start to lose sight of who I am and I have to spend a few hours by myself to recharge my batteries.

This is something I've always known about myself. When I first heard the word `introvert' and understood its meaning I knew it applied to me. But being an introvert was something that you just didn't talk about because being the life and soul of the party was the ideal. To get on at work and in life you need to be outgoing and willing to spend all your time talking to other people. The Western world values extroversion and introverts don't count partly because it is difficult for them to make themselves heard.

The book discusses research in the field and how the quality of introversion is displayed in the world. I found it fascinating to read about those who predicted the last recession and who said that what the banks were doing was extremely risky. Banks were staffed by extroverts who liked taking risks and they didn't want to listen to the quiet people sitting in the corner poring over graphs, charts and figures and predicting doom and gloom. What this book shows is that we need both introverts and extroverts to get a balance between excessive risk and excessive caution.

I was intrigued to learn that it is not only human beings who are introverts or extroverts, animals and even fish have those qualities too.
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163 of 171 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Stephen J. Wooding VINE VOICE
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Written by an introvert mainly for introverts, this is a good mix of research, reflection, anecdotes and advice that's also obviously quite a personal work for the author. It's well written, definitely thoroughly researched though at times feels like she's trying to justify the introvert's way of being rather than overtly celebrate it - perhaps just a reflection of the subtext of the book!

As someone who's clearly been a life-long introvert and also an experiences personality and psychometric profiler I was curious to see what the author's take would be on the introvert vs. extrovert debate. My impression is that she's writing from the point of view of an introvert who found herself vying for a place in an extrovert's world who then discovered more and more people like her. She refers to the 'Extrovert Ideal' a lot which seems to be a reflection of the fact she's US-based and statistically this is a more extrovert nation and culture with around 65% of the population measuring as extroverts, casting introverts into the minority. However, for the UK reader it might be a little trickier to identify so intensely with her experience as in the UK the population is split almost evenly.

My guess is that this book is more likely to be read by more introverted souls seeking to understand themselves and their power better - and I'll be recommending it to some of my friends! It would be a shame for the extroverts of the world to miss out on getting to grips with what's actually happening beneath the calmer, quieter, more placid surfaces of some of their family, friends and colleagues, and I'll be recommending that those friends then pass it on to the extroverts in their lives!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Lou79
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In many ways, this is the sort of book that should be read by anyone who manages other people, including those who are responsible for children's education, because it goes a long way towards clearing introverts of the charges that are often laid against them - that they're aloof, unfriendly, unwilling to speak up, no good at giving presentations, etc. These are all things that can disadvantage the introvert who is, for example, being interviewed for a job or asking for a promotion.

The problem is, I think the people who are most likely to read it are introverted types who just want a bit of reassurance that there isn't actually anything wrong with them. That's a shame, because even though the book does that job very well, it could have a wider application. I only found out about it myself because I kept seeing it recommended on online forums when this specific topic was actually being discussed. Maybe the introverts of the world should start a campaign to make this book compulsary reading for anyone who has to work with other people...

To answer the criticism that this is a US-centric book and not as relevant to readers in the UK: think for a minute about the last time you saw an office which had separate rooms or cubicles for workers instead of an open plan layout; think about how many times at school or university (or indeed at work) you were told to "get into groups" to work on a problem that you could have solved by yourself; think about how many job adverts you've seen for roles which have no customer contact at all and yet demand that applicants must be "outgoing" or "lively" or similarly ghastly wording. The truth is that the Extrovert Ideal has encroached on UK society as well, however temperamentally unsuited we Brits might be! Susan Cain provides some welcome balance and sanity in a world where everyone seems to be trying to shout louder than everyone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic. A comprehensive look into the fundamentals...
Absolutely fantastic. A comprehensive look into the fundamentals differences between introverts and extroverts which clearly has taken into account extensive source material. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking
I had heard good things about this from a colleague and so picked it up at Seattle Airport for the long trip back to London via Houston. Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Kym Hamer
5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring book
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. For a book that argues for the intrinsic value and contribution of introverts, it is very well balanced, recognising that both introverts... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Affirmative
As one of the quiet ones in the world, I found this book beautifully affirmative of the deep and valuable characteristics of introverts. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Ffraid
5.0 out of 5 stars Be Wuiet but also Confident
Very good and reassuring. Dip into it on many occasions. Excellent book.
Published 11 days ago by J M BATE
5.0 out of 5 stars I do like people (just in small doses)
It all makes sense now! A really enjoyable and well-written explanation of how introverts think and feel. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, naive and a touch silly
Susan Cain certainly writes well, and as a trainer and coach i was very interested to hear her insights on introversion. Read more
Published 21 days ago by EagerBeaver
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant and much needed counter-view to the extroverts of this world.
Published 21 days ago by S C GOUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful book for quiet people
Very interesting and empowering book for quiet people like me and my daughter. It has some pragmatic suggestions in believing in yourself and strategies on coping.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs H
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and validating
Really spoke to me, as an introvert myself, I realise that I am not shy, just reticent and need time to process a situation. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Witness_inc
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