- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Penguin UK; Latest edition (3 February 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141029196
- ISBN-13: 978-0141029191
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.1 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking Paperback – 3 Feb 2013
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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)
About the Author
About the Author: Susan Cain is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and Princeton University. She was a practicing corporate lawyer for seven years, before she took up writing as a full-time career. She also worked as a negotiations consultant and had the opportunity to train various working professionals, ranging from television producers to hedge fund managers. She even helped students in negotiating their initial salaries. During the span of her career she has represented clients such as Shearman & Sterling, General Electric, Merrill Lynch, One Hundred Women in Hedge Funds, JP Morgan and many others. She has received many accolades including the Harvard Law School Celebration Award for Thought Leadership and the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership.
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Susan Cain is a former lawyer, an alumna of Harvard Law School, an introvert, who turned to homemaking and writing. She ‘looks back’ on her years as a Wall Street lawyer as time spent in a foreign country. “It was absorbing, it was exciting, and I got to meet a lot of interesting people whom I never would have known otherwise. But I was always an expatriate.”
That aggressive, self-assured, extroverted personality types are highly valued in competitive, materialistic, success-orientated nations like the US is well-known. Introverted, person-orientated, easygoing types tend to be regarded as second-class citizens. How extroversion became the cultural ideal in the US is dealt with in detail in Chapters 1-3. America had shifted from what Warren Susman called a ‘Culture of Character’ exemplified by Abraham Lincoln to a ‘Culture of Personality’ (under Donald Trump?) and opened up a Pandora’s Box of personal anxieties, ‘a natural product of a society that was both dog-eat-dog and relentlessly social.’ America quickly developed from an agricultural society to an urbanized, ‘the business of America is business’ powerhouse. Dale Carnegie, Madison Avenue, Hollywood, IBM, Tony Robbins, and that temple of extroversion and doyen of vocal business leadership, Harvard Business School, and televangelists, all typify the rise of extraversion. The New Groupthink organized workforces into teams, even brainstorming in groups, and created open-office plans rendering creativity in solitude impossible. The rise of the worldwide web, however, has offered some respite for introverts, spawning wondrous creations via shared brainpower.
The basic personality type that a person has is a result of all factors in the person’s upbringing, including genetics. Psychologists accept that people do not change from one basic personality type to another, even though variations are possible, tempered by their pathological characteristics. The so-called Big 5 traits: introversion/extroversion, agreeableness, openness to experience, conscientiousness, and emotional stability encompass the gamut of personality traits.
Chapters 4-7 examine the biological basis of introversion, including brain structures in amygdala and neo-cortex, which are active participants in our emotional-rational lives. Recent research work by Jerome Kagan, the author of ‘Galen’s Prophecy,’ Dr. Carl Schwartz, and Dr. Elaine Aron are cited. Extroverts’ dopamine pathways lead to an emotional state called ‘the buzz’ – a rush of energized, enthusiastic feelings with a delightful champagne bubble quality. However, this may cloud their judgment. Financial and military history is replete with examples of extroverts charging ahead when they should have withdrawn. Introverts are threat-orientated and have an inbuilt loss-avoidance system, and so are less risk-taking. Despite the variety of experiences in our lifetime, our core traits remain constant.
Part 3 of the book deals with other cultures, in this case, mainly Chinese-Americans, who are more introverted and Mahatma Gandhi, who wielded soft power with devastating effect on the British Empire.
The value of the book is in Part 4, which advises introverts on how to love and how to work in the US.
If you are an introvert in corporate America, you should spend your weekdays striving to ‘get out there, mix, speak more often, and connect with your team and others, deploying all the energy and personality you can muster’ and retreat for quiet weekends. In other words, engage in a certain level of pretend-extroversion. Identify your core personal projects, and develop a ‘restorative niche’ as Professor Brian Little advocates. (Little also extolls the book as ‘superb’.)
In personal life, introverts who are married to extroverts must both strive to understand each others’ different ways and accept the realities to resolve their differences. Parents of introverted children must expose their children gradually to new situations and people and determine the right schools to put them in. ‘The secret to life,’ the author says, ‘is to put yourself in the right lighting’ (and not to avoid the spotlight). As group dynamics contain impediments to creative thinking, whereas solitude is often a spur to creativity, companies must think twice about how to design office space to accommodate both group interactions and “rabbit holes into which Alices can tumble”.
Susan Cain presents a strong case for introverts vs. extroverts in the US, emphasizing that the more socially desirable types have limitations, while the silent minority of introverts who receive fewer social rewards have assets which make them valuable, too. There is no doubt that healthy introverts are profound thinkers and visionaries, even geniuses, such as Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, and Emily Dickinson. However, Susan Cain glosses over the intersection of introversion and other negative traits, such as neuroticism, schizoid behavior, delusions, and nihilism. The stress caused by social isolation and the physical exhaustion brought about by a hyperactive mind may eventually result in thought disorders and over-dependence on anxiety drugs, much of which plagues America today.
The book cover is understated, in subdued white, with the title and author’s name embossed, in sharp contrast to Americana, with red, blue, stars and stripes emblazoned in much of its merchandise.
The book is a must-read for expatriates in the USA who may find the pace loud and hectic. Just where can the true-blue introverts in the world find a sanctuary?
In Finland, of course. Finland is a famously introverted nation. Finnish Joke: How can you tell if a Finn likes you? He is staring at your shoes, instead of his own. (Page 14, ibid.)
Lucky to find and read such a great epic !
The author draws on many research findings that provide meaningful insights into our minds and our nature. The book makes a delightful and fascinating read. A must-read for both introverts and extroverts, for they complement one another and are the two sides of the same coin ( the human species as a whole). I whole-heartedly recommend this book.
By the way, if you enjoy reading this book you must also read 'Thinking Fast and Slow' by Daniel Kahneman. The two makes an unbeatable combination you just can't ignore.
1. Significant insights which many of us assume.
2. It's life changing in the sense that it shifts the way you could perceive things.
3. You would be definitely able to connect dots and understand why some people are quiet by nature.
4. Being an introvert myself, I was able to relate to lots of things myself, and really come to a better understanding about myself.
Thanks to the author for doing this research and coming up with this awesome book.
If you're an extrovert - this book will change your perspective on introversion and help you understand the introverts in your life.
In short, no matter who you are...this is a must read!
I am an introvert, and all my life (for 26 years) I thought of myself as a person with defects, a large number of defects. This book revealed my true self to me, in each and every page of this book I found myself. I am grateful to Susan Cain for taking the efforts to write this book.
It has become my most favourite book of all. Thank you!