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

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In Quiet, the international bestseller, 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.

From Publishers Weekly

31 October 2011 – 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.

Customer Reviews


Susan Cain does an excellent job of unpacking and normalising the gifts of introverts. So often introverts are problematised and stigmatised - Cain demonstrates why this should not be so, and provides models of healthy interactions in homes, workplaces and other social settings. Highly recommended.

Must read!

I learnt so much about myself reading this book, thoroughly enjoyed it!!!


As a self-confessed introvert, I gravitate heavily towards this book. However, the religious content is uncomfortable, and makes it all too difficult to take the author seriously. A pastor who feels "god" doesn't "love him" because of his introversion? Please. I get that the author is American, and has to cater to her market, but I was truly hoping for something a little more science-based, than stories about deluded humans who feel uneasy about their mythical rulers. Perhaps it is in an attempt to extrapolate on the overall, quite simple, point; there's nothing "wrong" with introversion.

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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Self-Improvement
  • Published: 29 March 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Seller: Penguin Books Limited
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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