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

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Crown, Jan 24, 2012 - Psychology - 368 pages
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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


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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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I loved this book. As an introvert myself, this helped explain so many things: why I am the way I am, why I feel bad about that, why I've struggled to be more outgoing in my life, why others do so ... Read full review

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I wanted to like this book more, but I found it rather boring and repetitive. I eventually tired of reading it and skimmed the last few chapters. The main message was: - the world is full of ... Read full review

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Contents

Extroversion Became the Cultural Ideal
19
Nature Nurture and
97
WHY DID WALL STREET CRASH AND WARREN
155
DO ALL CULTURES HAVE
179
WHEN SHOULD YOU ACT MORE EXTROVERTED
205
How to Talk
224
How to Cultivate
241
Wonderland
264
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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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