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Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking is a bestselling non-fiction book that celebrates introverts, often undervalued in our society, even though they form a considerable chunk of our population, and contribute invaluably to every sphere as politicians, leaders, artists, writers and so on.
Summary Of The Book
Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking is a non fiction book written in 2012 by Susan Cain. The book essentially highlights the fact that western society is largely dominated by extroverts, while introverts remain in the shadows, often underutilised and undervalued, despite the strengths, skills, and talents they possess.
The book goes on to explain the innate differences between introvert and extrovert personality types, their differing brain chemistry, scientific connotations, advantages, and disadvantages of each temperament that they signify. The book’s findings are based on detailed research in areas of neuroscience, psychology, and evolution, all well documented within its content. Providing many examples from history, the book asserts that introversion is a normal human trait, in fact, some of the world’s greatest leaders and creative individuals have been introverts.
In Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking, the author studies the history of western society over the years, and notes the shift from an emphasis on character to an emphasis on personality, leading to an ‘extrovert ideal’ in a culture where being an introvert is regarded as an inferior quality.
Breaking this myth, the book stresses on the importance of these individuals in society. It offers helpful insights and tools for introverts to understand themselves, and function better in this extrovert driven society. It also urges them to utilise their untapped potential, skills, and talents, by selecting areas of work best suited for them, offering them advice on better communication and personal relationships with others.
On a larger scale, the book calls for a change in the attitude of society towards introverts, at the workplace, at home through parenting techniques, and in schools. They must not be chastised for being sensitive, serious, and shy, or it would draw them into a shell, leading to a tremendous waste of human potential and happiness.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can't Stop Talking has been praised by critics and writers in the literary world alike. Some have considered it a timely, deeply insightful, and life altering book that permanently changed how one views others, especially introverts. The book ranked second in The New York Times bestseller list, and was voted The Best Non-fiction Book of 2012, by Goodreads Choice Awards.
About Susan Cain
American writer, former corporate lawyer, and lecturer, Susan Cain is a Harvard Law School Graduate, and an alumni of Princeton University.
She founded The Negotiation Company, a firm that trains people in communication and negotiation skills. Her firm boasts of an illustrious list of clients including, Merrill Lynch, and many prestigious law firms. She presently lives in New York with her husband and two sons.
|Number of Pages||333 Pages|
|Publication Year||2012 January|
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Apr 28, 2012
A Wonderful Gift for IntrovertsThis book will surely raise the morale of introverts who are struggling to find their place in an overly extroverted world. I, being an almost hundred percent introvert, found it very encouraging. Most of the time introverts struggle against their own personality in order to become more extroverted, or at least act more extroverted. What they do not realize is that they are struggling against their own natural self and trying very hard to become something they are not. Nor do they realize their own unique potential as an introvert. It is a good book for extroverts too as it helps them to und… (Expand)
Apr 19, 2013
Every introvert should read this bookthis is a fantastic book written by Susan Cain.There has been a lot research involved with lots of facts in this book.
Jul 26, 2012
the best book to understand INTROVERSION !!!QUIET is an amazing book...thoroughly researched..it will make us perceive people differently..it has something to offer to each strata of our society...every person can find himself and his friends in this book...amazing book !!!
Jun 18, 2012
A book which makes introverts feel less alone...QUIET is a must read for anyone who wonders why the world doesn't listen to them, though what they say generally ends up being right!
Jun 19, 2014
Helps to realize the power of being Quiet!On reading this book I did not find whether it favors Introverts or criticizes the Extroverts. It basically talks about the strength of the quite character which is generally misunderstood or side lined by the dominant extrovert characters in the society. Through various examples, especially the first one, it compels the reader to understand the power of the quite person through few but very strong words of expression. For me this book is more accurate one to use my quietness in a more appropriate manner.
Jan 14, 2014
Awesome bookI bought this book after seeing Susan Cain in the TED video
Mar 6, 2013
Paradigm changing bookThis is a great book , this book along with 7 Habits of highly effective people helped me a great deal. Like The 7 Habits of highly ... this book emphasizes character ethic over adaptation of personality .
Oct 21, 2012
very well researched, thoughtful and unbiased masterpiece...Changing circumstances and demands of the society tends to give more value to extrovert. Society biased-ness towards extrovert is a psychic pain for introverts, so most of the introverts try to become extrovert, here they lose power of their own being. Cain argues introvert too have a very special role in the society. Perhaps she make you understood that being a introvert is gift.
Sep 27, 2012
Book for everyoneThis book, though based on title I expected this for Introverts, but as i started reading this book is for everyone. The reason is the book deals with both the aspects. Go for the book you will enjoy reading.
Lalit M Bhandari
Sep 5, 2012
Must Read to Undersand the People Around You before making up your Mind about their PersonalityThis book is quite revolutionary in the sense that how I,you or anybody else judges the Introverts around us.It clearly defines the difference between shyness and Introversion.And isn't it wonderfull that a lot of world known figures were/are introverts.Also a must read for parents who are seeing introversion in their buddind child.