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  • Published: New York : Crown Pub., c2012.
  • Year Published: 2012
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: x, 333 p. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9780307352149
  • 0307352145


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Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking

by Cain, Susan.

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Call number: 155.232 Ca

Available Copies: Traverwood Adult

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The north and south of temperament -- The extrovert ideal. The rise of the "mighty likeable fellow" : how extroversion became the cultural ideal ; The myth of charismatic leadership : the culture of personality, a hundred years later ; When collaboration kills creativity : the rise of the new Groupthink and the power of working alone -- Your biology, your self? Is temperament destiny? : nature, nurture, and the Orchid Hypothesis ; Beyond temperament : the role of free will (and the secret of public speaking for introverts) ; "Franklin was a politician, but Eleanor spoke out of conscience" : why cool is overrated ; Why did Wall Street cash and Warren Buffett prosper? : how introverts and extroverts think (and process dopamine) differently -- Do all cultures have an extrovert ideal? Soft power : Asian-Americans and the extrovert ideal -- How to love, how to work. When should you act more extroverted than you really are? ; The communication gap : how to talk to members of the opposite type ; On cobblers and generals : how to cultivate quiet kids in a world that can't hear them -- Wonderland -- A note on the words Introvert and Extrovert.

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts 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 the indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Susan Cain charts the rise of "the extrovert ideal" over the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects--how it helps to determine everything from how parishioners worship to who excels at Harvard Business School. And she draws on cutting-edge research on the biology and psychology of temperament to reveal how introverts can modulate their personalities according to circumstance, how to empower an introverted child, and how companies can harness the natural talents of introverts. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

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Simplistic in my opinion

I found that this author has a very narrow and simplistic view of what being an introvert means. It doesn't necessarily mean being "quiet" all of the time and keeping to yourself and not wanting to be around people. It can mean being introspective and thoughtful and it can also mean having very meaningful and intricate attachments to people and the world. The author seems to think it means just being quiet and somehow being cut off from the world. I also don't think it necessarily means being "shy". In fact, I think it is more about being open to the world and people around you and taking it *in* and then also perhaps being thoughtful and intellectually careful as to how you share back out your opinions and thoughts. Not out of fear but out of the way an introvert ponders things. I think I am an introvert & I'm definitely not an extrovert but I am also very comfortable around people and very happy to chat and share things, even with strangers. I'd say it's worth a read though, if only to use it bounce off of and consider your own ideas of what it means to be an introvert.

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Very good

As an introvert, I found this book to be very informative, hopeful and empowering


I've known I'm an introvert from a very young age. I'm not shy and I have a lot to say, but I'm not going to shout over you to be heard. I learned a lot about myself through this book and I'm happier now that I have permission to be who I am and not try to "fix" myself by transforming into an extravert. Very enlightening.

great for all

This is a great book for introverts and extroverts alike. It provides useful tips for navigating social interactions and also includes a chapter about raising children who are introverted. The great takeaway is that introversion is not a weakness, and introverts should be appreciated for the many qualities that they bring to a relationship or workplace.


This book is excellent. Whether you are an introvert yourself, married to one, raising one, working with, supervising, teaching, training, or simply living in the world with them, this book has a huge amount to offer about how introverts (in the broad sense of the term) think, feel, process, learn, and react.

But more importantly, this book deals with why the traits that make introverts work the way they do have VALUE, and why the "extrovert ideal" that is so prevalent in this country is not necessarily the path to the best answer in all scenarios. It lays out ideas about how to arrange classrooms, meetings, offices, homes, workplaces, time, networking, socializing, even marriages in ways that honor the contributions of both introverts and extroverts.

Absolutely fascinating and a wonderful read. It both reminds me that I am right in knowing who I am (an introvert who is not at ALL shy) and gives me some great ideas for how to support my kids (one introvert who is not shy and one super-highly sensitive introvert who is).


really like the book talks about one thing not a lot at the same time


A very interesting read. I would recommend this book for anyone who feels awkward in some social situations and is unsure of the reason. It might be because you're an introvert and you didn't know it.....and, it's ok! Introverts are people too ;) Thanks Susan Cain!


they cant stop wont stop

There are two types

And this book focused on the introverted less "in the spotlight" type.

Very Informative

This book just verified everything I already suspected about introversion vs. extroversion. Great book and I highly reccomend it. To all the introverts out there, you will really enjoy this book and feel so much better about life after reading this. I wish more people would understand and appreciate the positive qualities associated with introverted and/or shy people.

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