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

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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are 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, impressively 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 a journey 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 twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of...
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, 2012
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781415959145
Characteristics: 1 online resource (9 audio files) :,digital
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Additional Contributors: Mazur, Kathe

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Jun 17, 2021

For me, reading this book just as I was turning 70, was a revelation. All of my life, I've fought against the limitations of introversion and my own personality. I lived with the "be shy, you die" admonition I learned from student "counseling" in the 1960s and 70s and, as a result, I would flourish then crash and burn at one job after another; needing the downtime of a new job and lowered expectations to recover from the last job. Likewise, my personal life was distorted by extroverts' expectations and not knowing that I am not like them was a severe handicap.

Jun 05, 2021

Very informative for the layman.

May 25, 2021

I was excited to read this being an introvert myself. I couldn't get past the first handful of pages. I have a background in personality psychology and the author makes gross blanket assumptions about introverts being "quiet" and closed off, completely disregarding all other types of motivations and personalities, and why things are designed and work in school and work settings - it's not because of some prejudice against introverts. I can be loud and opiniated and motivated - that doesn't make me an extrovert. TV programming isn't against introverts, it's just that nobody would watch a show about a quiet kid recharging by reading a book and thinking about the solution by themselves. Perhaps the author corrects her terrible assumptions later on, but I couldn't even give it a chance it was so poorly written and sources were probably cherry picked.

May 01, 2021

This book started out pretty good with talking about how introverts are undervalued but then pivoted to a heavy focus on how introverts can serve capitalism and how we are valuable in the work place. This heavy handed focus really didn't leave me feeling any personal fulfillment, it just felt like a book to market introverts as a useful tool to the economy. I appreciate the overall goal of the book but i couldn't finish it and I rarely don't finish a book. It also weirdly used Rosa Parks a lot as an example of a successful introvert, pushing for quiet and peaceful protest as an example for how to behave in the world. It felt a little like how many white people like to praise Martin Luther King and demonize Malcolm X. Very neo liberal and I think it didn't age super well.

JasmineS_KCMO Mar 22, 2021

This book helped me learn so much about myself! It was so freeing to finally learn about being an introverts and what all that entails. Susan Cain does great research to back her facts. I loved the many examples given on how the world is constructed for extroverts and how that isn't necessarily a good thing ALL the time. Reading quiet has made me proud to be an introvert!

Jan 14, 2021

Leo says 4 stars

Sep 23, 2020

A delightful deep dive and welcome affirmation for introverts, who are often misunderstood and under-appreciated. In the author’s words, “Love is essential; gregariousness is optional.”

Jul 29, 2020

This book was published in 2012 but it's somehow all the rage in 2020. Everyone seems to be reading it. I'm not sure what prompted that. I usually do not like non-fiction books, but this was a great read. VERY informative. It gives plenty of examples of how introverts act and how they are perceived when compared to extroverts. There's plenty of scientific research quoted to support the claims.

The only downsides of this book for me were:
1. The author often writes something along the lines: "But we will explore that further in chapter 7." It's distracting and makes you want to flip to chapter 7, but it also makes you want that info right there in chapter 3.
2. There is SO much information there that you can't really read it in one sitting.

I'm considering buying this just so that I can bookmark certain passages so I can return to specific details in the future when I need it.

Jul 15, 2020

It's part public relations campaign and part therapeutic session pep talk for introverts. It's helpful, for sure, as it lives up to its subtitle: "The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking."

I appreciated the informal test (20 true or false statements) to see if one is more of an introvert or extrovert, or a combination of both, as the author admits "we are all gloriously complex individuals" (Introduction, page 14).

Jul 04, 2020

New information for me was the point how the US society values the loud and outgoing more than the contemplative. Puts things in a different light!

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ArapahoeMaryA Oct 31, 2019

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.

Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”
― Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Aug 17, 2015

We perceive talkers as smarter than quiet types – even though grade-point averages and SAT and intelligence test scores reveal this perception to be inaccurate. In one experiment in which two strangers met over the phone, those who spoke more were considered more intelligent, better looking, and more likable.

Jul 29, 2015

Probably the most common – and damaging - misunderstanding about personality type is that introverts are antisocial and extroverts are pro-social. But as we’ve seen, neither formulation is correct; introverts and extroverts are _differently_ social. What psychologists call “the need for intimacy” is present in introverts and extroverts alike. In fact, people who value intimacy highly don’t tend to be, as the noted psychologist David Buss puts it, “the loud, outgoing, life-of-the-party extrovert.” They are more likely to be someone with a select group of close friends, who prefers “sincere and meaningful conversations over wild parties.”

Jul 29, 2015

Open-plan offices have been found to reduce productivity and impair memory. They’re associated with high staff turnover. They make people sick, hostile, unmotivated, and insecure. Open-plan workers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure and elevated stress levels and to get the flu; they argue more with their colleagues; they worry about coworkers eavesdropping on their phone calls and spying on their computer screens.

Jul 29, 2015

We tend to forget that there’s nothing sacrosanct about learning in large group classrooms, and that we organize students this way not because it’s the best way to learn but because it’s cost-efficient, and what else would we do with our children while the grown-ups are at work? If your child prefers to work autonomously and socialize one-on-one, there’s nothing wrong with her; she just happens not to fit the prevailing model.

Jun 13, 2014

"Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you're supposed to."

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