Quiet : 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. Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader's guide and bonus contentshow more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 129.54 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0307352153
  • 9780307352156
  • 1,316

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"NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNPR BESTSELLER "WASHINGTON POST" BESTSELLER"LOS ANGELES TIMES" BESTSELLER"USA TODAY "TOP 50 BESTSELLERINDIEBOUND BESTSELLER"PUBLISHERS WEEKLY" BESTSELLER"Fast Company" s #1 Best Business book of 2012"INC Magazine s" Best 2012 Books for Entrepreneurs "People "Magazine s 10 Best Books of 2012"O, The Oprah Magazine" 10 Favorite Books of 2012"Christian Science Monitor" s Best Books of 2012GoodReads Nonfiction Choice Award Winner Audible s #1 Non-Fiction book of 2012Amazon s Best Books of 2012Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012"Library Journal" s Best Books of 2012"Kirkus REVIEWS "Best Books of 2012" An important book that should embolden anyone who's ever been told, 'Speak up!' " People" Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts "Quiet "should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem. Fortune.com Rich, intelligent...enlightening. " Wall Street Journal" 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" Charm and charisma may be one beau ideal, but backed by first-rate research and her usual savvy, Cain makes a convincing case for the benefits of reserve. " Harper's Bazaar" " Quiet" is a thought-provoking and fascinating work that reminds us of the dangers of solely listening to the loudest voices. " Psych Central" 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" Cain s "Quiet "revolution calls us all to rethink the way we value human contribution. " Revel In It Mag" 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 masters of psychological non-fiction. TERESA AMABILE, Professor, Harvard Business School, and coauthor, "The Progress Principle" As an introvert often called upon to behave like an extrovert, I found the information in this book revealing and helpful. Drawing on neuroscientific research and many case reports, Susan Cain explains the advantages and potentials of introversion and of being quiet in a noisy world. ANDREW WEIL, author of "Healthy Aging" and "Spontaneous Happiness" Susan Cain has done a superb job ofsifting through decades of complex research on introversion, extroversion, and sensitivity--this book will be aboonfor the many highly sensitive people who are also introverts. ELAINE ARON, author of "The Highly Sensitive Person" " Quiet" legitimizes and even celebrates the niche that represents half the people in the world. GUY KAWASAKI, author of "Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions" Susan Cain is the definer of a new and valuable paradigm. In this moving and original argument, she makes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture's overvaluation of extroversion. A startling, important, and readable page-turner that will make quiet people see themselves in a whole new light. NAOMI WOLF, author of "The Beauty Myth" Superb A compelling reflection on how the Extrovert Ideal shapes our lives and why this is deeply unsettling. Based on meticulous research, it will open up a new and different conversation on how the personal is political and how we need to empower the legions of people who are disposed to be quiet, reflective, and sensitive. BRIAN R. LITTLE, PH.D., Distinguished Scholar, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University " Quiet" elevates the conversation about introverts in our outwardly-oriented society to new heights. I think that many introverts will discover that, even though they didn't know it, they have been waiting for this book all their lives. ADAM S. MCHUGH, author of "Introverts in the Church" Gentle is powerful... Solitude is socially productive... These important counter-intuitive ideas are among the many reasons to take "Quiet" to a quiet corner and absorb its brilliant, thought-provoking message. ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Harvard Business School professor, author of "Confidence" and "SuperCorp" Memo to all you glad-handing, back-slapping, brainstorming masters of the universe out there: Stop networking and talking for a minute and read this book. In "Quiet," Susan Cain does an eloquent and powerful job of extolling the virtues of the listeners and the thinkers--the reflective introverts of the world who appreciate that hard problems demand careful thought and who understand that it's a good idea to know what you want to say before you open your mouth. BARRY SCHWARTZ, author of "Practical Wisdom" and "The Paradox of Choice" A smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude that makes you want to shout from the rooftops. "Quiet" is an engaging and insightful look into the hearts and minds of those who change the world instead of tweeting about it. DANIEL GILBERT, professor of psychology, Harvard University, author of "Stumbling on Happiness""show more

About Susan Cain

SUSAN CAIN is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution LLC and the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has been translated into thirty-six languages, has appeared on many "Best of" lists, 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's book was the subject of a TIME Magazine cover story, and her writing has appeared in the The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 10 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. In 2014, Cain partnered with office design company Steelcase to create Susan Cain Quiet Spaces, with a range of architecture, furniture, materials and technology to empower introverts at work. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. You can visit her at www.thepowerofintroverts.com., and follow her on twitter (@susancain).show more

Table of contents

Author’s Note | INTRODUCTION: The North and South of Temperament | PART ONE: THE EXTROVERT IDEAL 1. THE RISE OF THE “MIGHTY LIKEABLE FELLOW”: How Extroversion Became the Cultural Ideal | 2. THE MYTH OF CHARISMATIC LEADERSHIP: The Culture of Personality, a Hundred Years Later | 3. WHEN COLLABORATION KILLS CREATIVITY: The Rise of the New Groupthink and the Power of Working Alone | PART TWO: YOUR BIOLOGY, YOUR SELF? 4. IS TEMPERAMENT DESTINY?: Nature, Nurture, and the Orchid Hypothesis | 5. BEYOND TEMPERAMENT: The Role of Free Will (and the Secret of Public Speaking for Introverts) | 6. “FRANKLIN WAS A POLITICIAN, BUT ELEANOR SPOKE OUT OF CONSCIENCE”: Why Cool Is Overrated | 7. WHY DID WALL STREET CRASH AND WARREN BUFFETT PROSPER?: How Introverts and Extroverts Think (and Process Dopamine) Differently | PART THREE: DO ALL CULTURES HAVE AN EXTROVERT IDEAL? 8. SOFT POWER: Asian-Americans and the Extrovert Ideal | PART FOUR: HOW TO LOVE, HOW TO WORK 9. WHEN SHOULD YOU ACT MORE EXTROVERTED THAN YOU REALLY ARE? | 10. THE COMMUNICATION GAP: How to Talk to Members of the Opposite Type | 11. ON COBBLERS AND GENERALS: How to Cultivate Quiet Kids in a World That Can’t Hear Them | CONCLUSION: Wonderland | A Note on the Dedication | A Note on the Words Introvert and Extrovert | Acknowledgments | Notes | Index |show more

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