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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement and revolutionized how the world sees introverts—and how introverts see themselves—by offering validation, inclusion, and inspiration

“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

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineChristian Science MonitorInc.Library JournalKirkus Reviews

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, impeccably 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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261 Reviews

“I absolutely loved this book! The author includes a little bit of History on the study of introversion and extraversion, showing how much the Western culture and specifically America value the extroverted personality. But she isn't super critical of extroverts or the attributes that are connected to extraversion. Instead, she focuses on the attributes of introverts that can be a balance to the attributes of extroverts. When I was a child I was either a closeted introvert, or I was a lot more extroverted than I am now. Either way, I've been learning how to embrace my more introverted side as an adult. This book gave me a lot of insight into different ways I can navigate and create margin for the needs that I have as an introvert. I really appreciate the stories that she tells throughout the book. They are relatable and fascinating and help to give structure to the theories that she shares in this book. I really liked the fact that for her, extraversion and introversion have a lot more to do with the amount of stimulation that a person can process effectively. This was an aha moment for me. She even goes into highly sensitive personality and other aspects that are connected to introversion which I also found interesting. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert or just appreciate the study of this kind, I would highly, highly recommend this book. There are no uses of profanity, no sexual content or violent content of any kind. This is a straightforward informative book on personality and how we can use the gifts that are given to us to navigate this world and make it a better place.”
“Writing and organization are good. It's an easy read while still conveying information. BUT - I'm over halfway in and it's all the "history" of introverts in the workplace and how, in general, they're good to have around. I already know it's good to have a mix of introverts and extroverts. I thought the book would be more about how to utilize my introversion. If that makes sense. It's not a bad book, just not what I was looking for.”
“Very interesting and enlightening.”
“"Quiet" is an engrossing examination of introversion, and the experience of introverts in a world that is mostly extraverted. Cain furnishes her points with plenty of interesting anecdotes and case studies. It also has a helpful little self-help guide on how understanding the two types of people can be used for conflict resolution/ better parenting/etc. Still, I probably would have found it a bit more revelatory if I wasn't so familiar with introversion/extraversion already. All of this literature exists already, these aren't new ideas, Cain just sort of cobbles it all together in an entertaining fashion. Introverts find social situations overwhelming at times? WHAAA? AMAZING! At least she respects Carl Jung (the man who coined the term "introvert/extravert") enough to refer to him here and there. I enjoyed her chapter on pseudo-extraverts though, since I have always considered myself to be one of those, and you rarely get to read about them. Susan Cain is clearly not an academic. Her tone is informal and though she draws upon extensive research, the conclusions she draws from this research are often a bit facile. However it's her casual approach to non-fiction that makes this book so readable. So I can forgive her. I would recommend this to introverts who aren't fully aware of what that means, or feel misunderstood by extraverted people. It might comfort them to know that there are biological causes for their introverted behaviour. I would also recommend this to an extraverted loved one who just doesn't get why you won't party with them every night.”

About Susan Cain

Susan Cain started the Quiet Movement, which revolutionized how the world sees introverts—and how introverts see themselves. She is also the author of Bittersweet: How Longing and Sorrow Make Us Whole. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere, and her TED Talk has been viewed more than 40 million times. She was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc., and one of LinkedIn’s top ten influencers.

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