The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
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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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From Publishers Weekly
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Very insightful look into the world of introverts
I loved reading this book. It has helped me understand my personality better but more importantly, it helped my extroverted boyfriend understand my quiet ways and need for solitude.
I love pop science books, and when I saw this one was about introverts, I knew I had to check it out. I can't tell you how many times I was told as a child "people would like you better if you just talked more." Quiet explains the science of why introverts are the way they are, how to make the most of personal and business relationships if you are an introvert, or if you deal with one.
Susan Cain has an easy to read style, it reminds me of Mary Roach, though with a bit less humor. She uses personal stories and stories from her clients, and I appreciated the her references to scientific studies, which added validity to her observations. That said, you don't have to be a science buff to enjoy Quiet. I highly recommend it!
The author reviews some science behind the introverted personality type. She generally does a decent job of it for a non-scientist. However, as a scientist myself, one thing that had me bordering on an aneurysm was when she'd mix her science with anecdote, and in some instances, some counterproductive stereotypes and gross oversimplifications. Overall, a worthwhile read, with extensive references.