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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Susan Cain
Narrator: Kathe Mazur
Genres: Non-Fiction, Psychology
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: January 2012
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 30 minutes
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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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Reviews (1)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Written by Anonymous on January 25th, 2013

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an excellent, well researched book that should be widely read by every corporation and school district. It is not necessary for success to force all people to work together in groups. A large percentage of the population can be productive, happy employees working by themselves. I highly recommend this book to all.

Author Details

Author Details

Cain, Susan

Susan Cain is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She worked as a corporate lawyer and then a negotiations consultant before deciding to write Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. That book became a phenomenon, translated into over 35 languages and on the New York Times Bestseller List for several years. She lives on the banks of the Hudson River with her husband and two sons.