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

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Written By: Susan Cain
Narrated By: Kathe Mazur
Publisher: Random House Audio
Duration: 10 Hours 39 Minutes

Book Rating: stars_4-5

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Summary: 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 20th 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…Read more.

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stars_4 Great book on the “hidden” power of introverts.

 

 

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stars_4-5 Absolutely amazing! One of the best books I’ve read this year!

 

 

 

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Susan Cain: Quiet Audio Book Summary

Susan Cain, in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can not Stop Talking, of introversion from a new, fresh and different point of view.

He begins by explaining what happened so that the extraversion became an ideal from the 1920s, stigmatizing and being judicious with those people who do not have a scandalous and vibrant personality.

For Susan, the answer as to why introverted people are not considered as valuable, is found in Western societies in which culturally the personality culture has been worshiped. The successful business man or woman model is an extroverted person who does not have any problems with regard to social skills.
The introverted personality has not been respected, people often seek to modify the behavior of the introvert by pointing or exhorting him to be more open, share his points of view, speak more, express himself better.
A very important part of the population is considered by itself or by others as introverted, however, in order to have a place in a world that values ​​extroversion (especially speaking of the labor world), introverted people have had to make a Great effort pretending to be like any other of his companions.

Susan Cain bases her book with case studies and research that prove that introverts are very successful. It shows how introverts have more advantages over extroverts in some business fields because they are more cautious in making decisions and more reflective. Also, they tend to be better at listening to the ideas of others, which favors teamwork.

The book starts from the premise that introverted people should start by relaxing and being themselves. It is also important not to judge extroverts when their actions seem too scandalous or impulsive.
The author proposes that perhaps a mid-point between introversion and extroversion, which she calls ambivalence, could be the most beneficial, is a path between the world of ideas and the world of actions.
It proposes that introverted people make an effort to know themselves and to accept themselves, and to make another real effort to share their interior with others.

It is a must read for those who consider themselves introverted, but also an important reading for those who are not. It is highly recommended for people who are in charge of work teams, as knowing a little personality of the introverts can get them assigned tasks that can perform better than those who are not, instead of forcing them to pretend to be Just like your colleagues.
It is also recommended for teachers who, in the performance of their work, will always meet those people whom they sometimes tend to label as timid or insecure, when in reality, they are only more involved in the internal world than in the external world And does not mean that it is bad.