Book Review: “Quiet” by Susan Cain

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Book: “Quiet”

Author: Susan Cain

Pages: 337  pages

Genre: Nonfiction, Education, Psychology, Self-help

PublisherCrown Publishing Group/Random House, Inc., 2012

LinksGoodreads ● Amazon

Overall Rating: ✮✮✮✮✮ 5/5


Synopsis

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled “quiet,” it is to introverts that 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 indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.

Perhaps most inspiring, she 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. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a “pretend extrovert.”

This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.


Review

“Quiet” is a book about introversion. It even offers a brief informal quiz that helps you assess where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. Being an introvert myself, I found this book really inspiring. It offers some life stories about people who are introverts, who have been successful in this world (which as the author mentions, idolize extroversion). It is all about embracing introversion, and learning that there is strength and power in being an introvert. It helps understand the fact that it is okay if you’d rather be by yourself, than hanging out with friends. The book offers some research, which is great in my opinion; I think it makes the book more compelling. I believe the author did an excellent job with this book. I don’t have any criticisms, as I believe the book is very complete in itself. Basically, I think it is a good read, even if you are not an introvert. Maybe your partner or someone who is very close to you is an introvert, and this book gives you a great insight into introversion. If you are an introvert, it provides a great amount of information that will help you learn more about yourself and how to be a better person. This book is all about the celebration and appreciation of introversion and introverts. I definitely recommend you read it.

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