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Quiet

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

By Susan Cain

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Published In: United Kingdom, 01 January 2013
Quiet by Susan Cain will change how you think about introverts foreverA Sunday Times and New York Times BestsellerOur lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed.That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert.The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers.Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are.In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.'I can't get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book - so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices' Jon Ronson, The Guardian 'Susan Cain's Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen' Megan Walsh, The Times 'Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm' Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday Times Susan Cain is the owner of The Negotiation Company, a firm that trains people in negotiation and communication skills. Her clients include Merrill Lynch, Standard & Poor, University of Chicago Business School and many of the US's most powerful law firms. She previously practiced corporate law for seven years with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. www.ThePowerOfIntroverts.com

About the Author

Susan Cain is the author of the Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which has sold over 2 million copies and been translated into more than 30 languages. Since her 2012 TED talk was posted online it has been viewed over 17 million times. Her writing on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Oprah magazine and Psychology Today. Cain has spoken at the Royal Society of Arts, Microsoft and Google, and has appeared on the BBC, CBS and NPR. Her work has been featured on the cover of Time, in the Daily Mail, the FT, the Atlantic, GQ, Grazia, the New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company, Fortune, Forbes, USA Today, the Washington Post, CNN and Slate.com. She is an honours graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.www.thepowerofintroverts.com

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Marvellous. The most important book published for a decade -- Lynne Truss * Sunday Telegraph * Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm -- Daisy Goodwin * The Sunday Times * Susan Cain's Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen -- Megan Walsh * The Times * I can't get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book - so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices -- Jon Ronson * The Guardian * A startling, important, and readable page-turner * Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth *

EAN: 9780141029191
ISBN: 0141029196
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimeters (0.18 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Angela Greig on
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So pleased to have read this book - as a sociable introvert have spent a lifetime of not being heard - so, very comforting to read Quiet to have it confirmed that I'm a deep thinker and that I do have important things to say! A must read for those that feel misunderstood - Quiet might have the answers for you.
Valerie O'Donnell on
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When I read this book I was absolutely amazed. After 62 years on this lovely planet, after reading this book, I feel like I have learned an amazing amount about who I am and what makes me tick. I had spent most of my life feeling like a square peg in a round hole and thinking I was such a boring, insignificant, person. Then one day this amazing book called me from the library shelf, I took it home and once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I have since bought several copies of this book, one for me and some for other members of my family. I can now clearly see the wonderful creative Introverted people who surround me in my life, and feel exceedingly proud to be an introvert. I have told countless people about this amazing book and I hope it's positive message keeps spreading around the world. I highly recommend this book not only to the introverts of the world but to the extroverts who share their lives.
Kiaran Warner on
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Well worth a read whether you feel you are an introvert or extrovert or a combination of both which many people are.
Worthwhile in that it lets introverted people realize that they have as much if not more to offer than extroverts & that alot of so called extrovertism is just showing off or covereing up some of your character
Carol Bobb on
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I'm still reading it, but have to say that it is intelligent and clear. It is balanced and comprehensively well considered. The examples of group pressures affecting people's behaviors, attitudes, and beliefs are disturbing.
Anonymous on
 
Great book, easy reading, gives good understanding of the benefit of 'quiet'.
Ronda Smale on
 
A bit disappointing really. As an introvert, I could relate to it but it did not live up to its promise to be life-changing.

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