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

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

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By (author) Susan Cain

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141029196
  • ISBN 13: 9780141029191
  • Sales rank: 162

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"Quiet" by Susan Cain will change how you think about introverts forever. A "Sunday Times" and "New York Times" Bestseller. Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed. That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert. The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers. Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are. In "Quiet", 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. "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"). Susan Cain is the owner of The Negotiation Company, a firm that trains people in negotiation and communication skills. Her clients include Merrill Lynch, Standard & Poor, University of Chicago Business School and many of the US' most powerful law firms. She previously practiced corporate law for seven years with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons.

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Susan Cain is the author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. Since her 2012 TED talk was posted online it has been viewed over three million times. Her writing on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Oprah magazine and Psychology Today. Cain has spoken at the Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft and Google, and has appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Breakfast, CBS and NPR. Her work has been featured on the cover of Time, in the Daily Mail, the FT, the Atlantic, GQ, Grazia, the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN and Slate.com. She is an honours graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. www.thepowerofintroverts.com

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By Catherine Goggin 20 Apr 2013 5

What a fantastic book. May be one of the most important books written for very many years. It is compelling and brilliant. This is one of those books that should be compulsory reading for everyone. The contents should be embraced by young people, educators, parents, employers and medics.
The terrible pain and injustice that has been perpetrated by the modern western thinking that extroversion is the only normal mentality needs to be reversed for the sake of everyone, be they sensitive or "out there". Our unbalanced society needs putting back on a level.
This book is remarkable in that it is completely readable at the level of the ordinary person, yet is a scientific research project in it's own right. For this reason it is completely transportable between lay and academics.

By The zimster Method Inc 03 Apr 2013 5

Great Book!! I could not put this book down once i started reading it ! It is so simple and explains introverts and extroverts so effectively, with great examples of introverts and extroverts, which help give the reader a better more clearer understanding of how introverts and extroverts operate. Being taken into the world of Harvard Business School to the people like Martin Luther King Jr and the founder of Apple "Woz". Being an introvert i would highly recommend this to other introverts to read, as well as to help extroverts understand introverts ! Great read, thumbs up !

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Marvellous. The most important book published for a decade -- Lynne Truss Sunday Telegraph 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 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 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 A startling, important, and readable page-turner Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth