Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking Hardcover – 29 Mar 2012
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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 )
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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was actually my wife who bought this book as she is an Introvert and naturally she loved it.
To be brutally honest, as an extrovert, I was very sceptical about this... Read more
Not a lot more to say really - echo all the other positive reviews about this book.Published 19 days ago by Janet from Barnet
This time I was reading it as a new manager. It was very reassuring about the value of a quiet style.Published 21 days ago by Farah Mendlesohn
the author presents good case studies on why being introverted is a good character trait. I feel it's more of a self validating piece rather than a matter of fact research project,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by F Guajardo
This is the book that everyone should read!
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The book that finally answered an age old question: why am I so different to everyone else? It turns out I wasn't and there was never anything "wrong" with me at all. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luke Davis
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