Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins

At least one-third of the eople we know are introverts. They re 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, mpressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on tri from Dale Carnegie ’ s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the eighteenth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the pat of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to uncove the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

erhaps most inspiring, she gives us to successful introverts -- from a itty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be the " pretend extrovert. "

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

©2012 Susan Cain ( P) 2012 Random House
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Quiet : The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking
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Published January 24th 2012 by Random House Audio

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I an feel sad for a bruised tomato no-one wants to buy ( hey, he ried his best too, not his fault someone dropped him!), and while everyone else goes to the modern, light apothecary across the street with the super nice people always happy to help, I o to the dark and older one who ever has clients ( how else will he survive?) Turns out I 'm not that weird.

After being with friends or colleagues, I need recharging time.

And I could ge on and on.While reading this essa, on occasion I was nodding so hard I thought my head might fall off.There were very little eye-opening surprises in his memoi, and thus a few things I did n't agree with or I migh have wishe for her to explore more.

However th few occasions I thought she was idealizing introverts.

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Even a terrible thing, and really not an impossible thing to cope with- technology billionaires are often introverts after all- but something limiting ( like a lower intelligence) that I must constantly battle against to make it through this world.Until I read this book.Susan Cain uses facts, statistics and her own case studies to show that introverts are greatly successful and powerful, not in spite of their introversion, but because of it.

For instance, extroverts often lead businesses better when there is little input from other team members; whereas introverts thrive in situations that rely on the input of a team because they are more likely to listen to the other members and implement their ideas.From Harvard Business School students to Ivy League professors to Rosa Parks, Cain looks at the different kind of influence introverts and extroverts have.

The findings speak for themselves and not only serve to please a shy little weirdo like me, but also make a lot of sense.An important read for introverts and extroverts alike.Blog| Facebook| Twitter| Instagram| Tumblr

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While listening to his ook, I was constantly reminded of Al Franken ’ s Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley, and his mantra, “ I ’ m good enough, I ’ m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me. ” Well, those who understand me do.

Ultimately, I don ’ t sa the people who eed to read/listen this book ( extroverts) will.The book is not n “ introverts are superior ” diatribe but rather an explanation of how we can leverage personality types most effectively.

There is no right or best personality type but like life in general, we fai to understand each other for more harmonious relationships.

Tha should be dangerous because they ’ re lookin to giv their way more meaning that many of their bad ideas are also lookin to be implemented.Oh, another thing I intuitively knew but now have support for is brainstorming sessions.

One of the reasons is that most introverts are better writers than speakers.Other examples from the business world give tips for how both introverted and extroverted leaders can best work with their subordinates of each type.

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The guy who reads constantly and writes over a hundred book reviews a year is an introvert? " Shocking but true.

Susan Cain chronicles her own struggles as an introvert, as ofte as showing how America went from being about character to about personality, right around the time movies and TV started getting popular.

There 's a lengthy section on raising introvert kids, which a lot of parents could use instead of shoving their kids into the shark-infested extrovert waters.Honestly, I ould have used this book as a youngste, when people were constantly badgering me to go out more.

Cain covers topics like being an introvert in the business world, where people who talk the loudest get their way more often than not, something I see every day in cubeland.Actually, the book gave me insight into the behaviou of some of my family.

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She points out that a third to a half of all people are introverts; though many of them have learned how to masquerade successfully as extroverts, since American society encourages extrovert behavior to the point where many introverts feel there is nothin wrong with them.

It appear to me to thin more about modern American society than it does about the ifferences between introverts and extroverts.

As Cain says, many societies- she particularly singles out Asian societies- do not place the same premium on extroverted behavior.

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