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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 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.


by Susan Cain

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Overall Review:  

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?  Maybe you're an introvert that is pretending to be an extrovert.  It could be that you're an extrovert that is good at self-monitoring.  Possibly, you're an ambivert.  Don't panic! (Unless of course you are a highly reactive introvert.) All will be revealed in Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking.


Cain does a good job of explaining the science of personality through definitions and medical studies, but also through interviews and even personal stories.  Extremely interesting and thoroughly researched, the book reads quickly and gives the reader great information to do with what they will.  Cain's hope is that those who read the book will gain insight into the human mind and more specifically the personality traits of introverts.  She does this with superb clarity, letting the reader realize that a lot of what she says we already intuitively know but may not fully understand the value of.  Informative and entertaining, this book is definitely a worthwhile read.

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Language/Profanity: 10 Mild Obsenities; 1 anatomical term.


Violence/Gore:  Few references to verbal threats.


Sex/Nudity:  Few references to cuddling or lying in bed with spouse, romantic in nature; One reference to live-in boyfriend/girlfriend situatioin; Few references to pornography and how the brain reacts to it, non-graphic; Few reference to sexual intimacy and it's effect on the brain and/or personality, non-graphic.

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Segregation, racism, sexism, addiction, pornography, divorce.

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Reviewed By Matthew
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