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Quiet : 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 American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts. Perhaps most inspiring, she 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. 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 a -pretend extrovert.- This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 333 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 35.56mm | 566.99g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0307352145
  • 9780307352149
  • 80,370

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"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike." "--Kirkus, " Starred Review "Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. 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." "--Publishers Weekly" "This book is a pleasure to read and will make introverts and extroverts alike think twice about the best ways to be themselves and interact with differing personality types." "--Library Journal" "An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are." --"Booklist" "In this well-written, unusually thoughtful book, Cain encourages solitude seekers to see themselves anew: not as wallflowers but as powerful forces to be reckoned with." --"Whole Living" "Those who value a quiet, reflective life will feel a burden lifting from their shoulders as they read Susan Cain's eloquent and well documented paean to introversion--and will no longer feel guilty or inferior for having made the better choice!" --MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, author of "Flow" and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University "Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read, "Quiet" is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand the gifts of the introverted half of the population." --GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of "The Happiness Project" ""Quiet" is a book of liberation from old ideas about the value of introverts. Cain's intelligence, respect for research, and vibrant prose put "Quiet" in an elite class with the best books from Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and other mastershow more

About Susan Cain

SUSAN CAIN is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution and the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than five years, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain is also the author of the bestseller Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed more than 14 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School's Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world's top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Visit Cain and the Quiet Revolution at www.quietrev.com.show more

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