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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (edition 2012)

by Susan Cain

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Title:Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Authors:Susan Cain
Info:Crown (2012), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 352 pages
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I always knew I was an introvert and this book solidified this when I answered true to 18 of the 20 questions. It also helped me understand why I don't like to make small talk, why I'm exhausted after work and need quiet time and why I would rather be home with a book instead of in a big crowd. I love going to sporting events but just the thought of being around all the people exhausts me. I also understand why I'm tired after work even though I sit behind a computer. My desk is in the center of the office so there is high traffic, lots of interruptions and people come to me for help and advice. So there is lots of interruptions, distractions and business around me. I also understand extroverts and can spot them around me. My husband is an extrovert and maybe that is where we balance each other out. He is my buffer sometimes at parties. It also explains why I'm good at writing and expressing myself through the written word. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
Meh!
  nancyread | Jul 7, 2016 |
This was a fascinating look at what it means to be an introvert in a society that lauds extroverts . I think educators need to read this book . We are ignoring the needs of too many of our students by playing into the popular thought that the team player, the outgoing personalities in our class are the model students. ( )
  asomers | Jun 29, 2016 |
Man, I wish my mother had read this was I was little. I'm normal! I"m not alone! Yay! ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
dec 2013
  MatkaBoska | Jun 15, 2016 |
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A species in which everyone was General Patton would not succeed, any more than would a race in which everyone was Vincent van Gogh. I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warmhearted, the hardhearted, the coldhearted, and the weakhearted. It needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote twenty-five pages to the dissection of a small boy's feelings as he lies in bed in the dark waiting for his mother to kiss him good night. . . . Indeed the presence of outstanding strengths presupposes that energy needed in other areas has been channeled away from them.

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To ask whether it's nature or nurture ... is like asking whether a blizzard is caused by temperature or humidity.
"It's so easy to confuse schmoozing ability with talent. Someone seems like a good presenter, easy to get along with and those traits are rewarded. Well, why is that? They're valuable traits but we put too much of a premium on presenting and not enough on substance and critical thinking." (one venture capitalist)
We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they run.
So if, deep down, you've been thinking that it's only natural for the bold and sociable to dominate the reserved and sensitive, and that the Extrovert Ideal is innate to humanity, Robert McCrae's personality map suggests a different truth: that each way of being—quiet and talkative, careful and audacious, inhibited and unrestrained—is characteristic of its own mighty civilization.
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Introverts are strong
their brains are just wired different
this can be a strength
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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.… (more)

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