QUIET INTROVERT BOOK
The book that started the Quiet Revolution At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who. Editorial Reviews. myavr.info Review. Amazon Best Books of the Month, January How many introverts do you know? The real answer will probably . Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a non- fiction book written by Susan Cain. Cain argues that modern Western culture.
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Quiet book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the one. Advice and stories for introverts and extroverts alike on how to appreciate our quiet sides. Featuring essays, videos, interviews, and more. In fact, I read much of Susan Cain's book shaking my head in wonder and thinking: "So that's why I'm like that! It's because I'm an introvert!.
The loudest, most socially confident and quickest on their feet win the day, whereas the contemplative and quietly well-informed tend not to get a word in. School classrooms are increasingly designed to reflect this flawed environment. Children sit in pods facing each other and are rewarded for being outgoing rather than original. I finished Quiet a month ago and I can't get it out of my head.
It is in many ways an important book — so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices.
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It's also a genius idea to write a book that tells introverts — a vast proportion of the reading public — how awesome and undervalued we are. I'm thrilled to discover that some of the personality traits I had found shameful are actually indicators that I'm amazing. It's a Female Eunuch for anxious nerds. I'm not surprised it shot straight to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list. Cain says we're "especially empathic".
We think in an "unusually complex fashion". We prefer discussing "values and morality" to small talk about the weather. We "desire peace". We're "modest".
The introvert child is an "orchid — who wilts easily", is prone to "depression, anxiety and shyness, but under the right conditions can grow strong and magnificent". When I get to this part I think: Yes! We are like orchids! With good parenting we can become "exceedingly kind, conscientious and successful at the things that matter to us". Then I feel embarrassed that I derived pleasure from being compared to an orchid and I realise that sometimes Cain succumbs to the kind of narcissistic rhetoric she eschews in extroverts.
Still: her suggestions on how to redress the balance and make the world a bit more introvert-friendly are charmingly cautious. The way forward, she argues, is to create offices that have open-plan bits for the extroverts and nooks and crannies where the quiet people can be quiet. A bit like the Pixar offices.
In this she reminds me of the similarly measured Jonathan Safran Foer , whose anti-meat lectures climax in a suggestion that we should try if possible to eat one or two vegetarian meals a week. Give me this kind of considered good sense over showy radical polemicism any day.
But sometimes her brilliant ideas aren't written quite so brilliantly. Her book can be a bit of a slog, not always a page turner.
I wish she'd spent a bit more time adventuring and a bit less time analysing and philosophising and citing vast armies of psychologists. I love feeling her pain when she journeys out of her comfort zone to "life coaching" conventions.
But those adventures vanish as the book wears on, and it starts to drag a little, especially during the many chapters about how brain scans seem to demonstrate neurological differences between extroverts and introverts.
I don't know why popular psychology books feel so compelled these days to cite endless fMRI studies. As any neurologist will tell you, we still have very little idea about why certain bits of our brains light up under various circumstances.
And there's a bigger nagging thought I couldn't shake throughout the book. It began during the preface, in which Cain prints an "Are You an Introvert? She lists 20 statements. The more we answer "true" the more introverted we are: "I often let calls go through to voice mail.
I do my best work on my own.
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I don't enjoy multitasking. I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame and status …" At the bottom of the quiz she mentions: "If you found yourself with a roughly equal number of true and false answers, then you may be an ambivert — yes, there really is such a word.
I answer "true" to exactly half the questions.
Overall a good novel that is well put together and engaging throughout the pages. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Carmen from One of my favourite books I absolutely loved this graphic novel! I felt like it was written for me.
I connected immediately to the character. I absolutely loved this book. Susan Cain's research of introversion is extensive and fascinating. While this is a book I think anyone can appreciate and learn from, as an undeniable introvert this book allowed me to dig in depth into my own personality and tendencies and makes me appreciate more a part of myself that I've always struggled with.
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Introversion is not an easy thing to live with in a more extroverted society, and this book showed me that I can embrace and be proud of my introversion! Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Raeesa from Interesting Read This book told me that there is nothing wrong with being an introvert, even if some societies value extroverts more.
Though it starts out a little slow, it speeds up about midway. I recommend this book for everyone, introverts and extroverts. Date published: Rated 4 out of 5 by Ginnie from Pretty Good One of the first people to have written about introversion and its benefits and contributions to the workplace and society.
It is slow to a start but gets better and more intelligent from the middle.
Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Lynette from Absolutely fantastic read!! I read this in my english in March. It was recommended by my teacher and couldn't agree more with rest of the world. I read this book in 2 weeks. Dragging it out because I didn't want it to end.
Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Bincs from Inspiring and empowering-- a must read! A must read whether you're an introvert or an extrovert. Masterfully put together by an introvert, Susan Cain, who sheds light on the true difference between extroverts and introverts.
Neither is better than the other-- they are simply different, each with their own pros and cons. Very informative.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain – review
Useful for learning about yourself as well as for parents and teachers. Great advice on how to improve communication between extroverts and introverts and how to nurture introverted children. As an introvert, I found this book to be empowering and reassuring to know that there are others like me. It made me feel understood and proud to be an introvert.Feb 11, Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves: But it's not just me.
I'm just not going to be shy today!
A profusion of the nonfiction I've read has contained too much of something - too many random anecdotes, too much scientific jargon, too many unnecessary statistics or explanations. Overall, it was quite liberating.
Shelves: personality , psycology , March 6th was Super Tuesday and I live in that Oh-so-much-talked-about-battle-ground-state of Ohio. For example, in one team-building exercise at HBS, students engage in a role-playing game called the Subarctic Survival Situation.
Interview students in the startle group and ask them whether they feel their results were compromised because of the distractions. In Quiet , Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so.