Brought to you by Penguin Quiet, the Sunday Times and New York Times best seller by Susan Cain, will permanently change how we see introverts and how you see yourself Our lives are driven by a fact most of us can t name and don t understand whether we re an introvert or an extrovert This defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose and whether we blush when we re embarrassed At least a third of us are on the introverted side Some of the world s most talented people are introverts Without them, we wouldn t have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh s sunflowers Yet extroverts have taken over Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths


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  1. Book Lover Book Lover says:

    I absolutely love this book It s the kind of book that you read and find yourself nodding along to, and then thinking about during the day, and then realising this example fits here and that situation is like that, and oh That s why.The writing is an excellent mix between research, case studies and thoughtful conclusions, all balanced so it never feels boring or overwhelming There is a section of endnotes, and because I was reading the Kindle version, the notes were all linked if you click on the note, it takes you to the endnotes with a longer explanation I get happy about the little things.The ideas are also incredibly interesting Not everything will apply to all introverts, but I d recommend this book to anyone it s really interesting to be challenged on how I view the world from an introvert perspective like arguing raising your voice means an attack But for extroverts, it s a sign of passion and involvement and it s really interesting to realise how those difference shape society and interactions with others.It s also so, so reassuring This is me This is some reasons why I might do the things I do, why I don t like parties in a certain format, why I need down time when other people don t It s being reminded that it s ok to be different, and that actually there are other people out there who are similar even if I live and work in a world that seems full of extroverts, it s ok to need alone time, and that my strengths don t have to lie in the same things listening, thoughtfulness and consideration are all important, even if they come at a cost of an immediate answer or participation in small talk It was also reassuring to realise that being able to extrovert on occasion is normal it just comes at of a cost to introverts than it does to extroverts Interesting, thoughtful, readable and inspiring the kind of book that leaves you thinking about it a long time after you ve shut it.


  2. Anya Abdulakh Anya Abdulakh says:

    Our society has placed extroverts as a golden standard parents, school and employers expect a child a person to be outgoing, confident and sociable Contributing to the discussions, taking an initiative, competitiveness and be good at public speaking seem to be a must for a bright future.What if your child is an introvert and does not like to be in the centre of public attention, prefers to have a deeper relationship with a smaller group of friends and occasionally needs to recharge the energy level by being on his her own My daughter turned 8 this week and she did not want to have any birthday party She does not enjoy competitions, she is uncomfortable joining new groups and takes her time to make new friends She enjoys playing imaginary games or reading a book At the same time, when at home or with a small group of friends, my daughter is a bubbly, chatty girl.As a mostly extrovert mum, I have made my share of mistakes with my child When adults try to talk to my daughter and she does not reply, I jump in with the comment, She is shy Worth of it, I would push my daughter to talk to adults like ordering in the restaurants to the extent that she would get so nervous and get a tick That made me stop and think I started to look for help in some books and , luckily, I came across a wonderful book by Susan Cain, Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can t Stop.The book does not only explain the nature of introverts and helps to understand their character better, but also gives practical advice how to make sure you help introverts not to go against their nature but let them flourish in the culture of extroverts.Thank you Ms Cain for such a wonderful gift to the parents


  3. Shehzad Shehzad says:

    It was actually my wife who bought this book as she is an Introvert and naturally she loved it.To be brutally honest, as an extrovert, I was very sceptical about this book I was under the impression it would be soppy and introverts playing the victim card I could not have been any wrong For me this book was such an eye opener even though I have done MBTI before and was fairly well familiar with E v s I into understanding, not just introverts, but myself as an extrovert.I could not put the book down once I started it and I would recommend everyone to read it I ve actually recommended it in my book club at work Don t assume, as I did, that only introverts will have something to take from this book If, like me, your other half is an introvert, this book could really help improve communication in your couple.Talking is not always necessary a good book and a cuppa works just as well


  4. SAINATH REDDY SAINATH REDDY says:

    I am an introvert I have been struggling my entire life to know what am I why am I behaving in the way which is uncomfortable and felt like an alien around cheerful, outgoing and talkative people.I have faced a lot of people asking the same questions repeatedly likeWhy are so quiet What are you thinking the whole time What will you do at home the whole day Why don t you mingle with all in any kind of gatherings You look so serious is there any problem And in addition to this, I experience a distressing and weird reaction of my hand getting sweat and hearing my own heartbeat whenever I stand up in my classroom to speak up feeling overwhelmed while entering a shopping mall or a public market These are the questions and experiences faced and felt for which I don t any kind of answer So I started to search on the internet and even had a thought of consulting a psychiatrist but I didn t.In the process, I came to know the people who are quiet, shy, solitary, etc are considered as a category called introverts From then I have been searching to know about introverts like articles, videos, books, etc I have watched Susan Cain s Ted talk and longed to read this book After reading this book I have an answer to all my questions and struggles personally experienced.The book was well written It gives us a detailed history of America on how the culture of outgoing, assertive, showmanship prevailed during the 20th century It tells us the transformation of the culture of character to the culture of personality in a short period It bursts the myth of charismatic leadership that even quiet people who think before they speak can be good leaders in their own ways Extroverts and Introverts have their own pros and cons in every position in life and society.The second part goes into the brains of introverted kids and tries to explore the reasons for introverted behavior whether it depends on the nature of their mind or can be nurtured while growing depending on their environments.The next part describes us about relationships with introverts as it is said that for every three people there is one introvert so it can be your partner, brother, sister, friend and children.It gives a detailed description and advice on how to understand and empathize with your relationships.It is a Good Book and a definite read for everyone to understand the people around you because one third to half the world s population are introverts.It answered all my questions about my personality, I kind of felt normal not an alien any after reading this book.


  5. Ash Reviews Products Ash Reviews Products says:

    Book Review by K.S.LoganathanSusan 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 SynopsisThat 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 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 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.My Views Susan Cain presents a strong case for introverts vs extroverts in the US, emphasizing that the 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.


  6. Lavanya Nemana Lavanya Nemana says:

    This book deserves the greatest rating In fact its greatness is beyond all the ratings It s not just a book, it s a research, it s an intovert s mind I would suggest each person to read this Though introverts might connect to this book well, I would suggest that extroverts should also read the book to understand their life partners, friends, colleagues, employees and employers.Lucky to find and read such a great epic


  7. Zac Zac says:

    I would recommend this book to my children if I had any in the future If I had only read this when I was younger This book brings to the surface all the past grievances and hardships an introverted child and then a pseudo extrovert will have likely experienced It re tells that story in us in an empowering way that is at the same time full of compassion.


  8. Psychokate Psychokate says:

    Das h rt sich vielleicht bertrieben an Ist es aber nicht Ich bin ber einen Ted Talk von Susan Cain auf das Buch aufmerksam geworden Ich habe mich bei dem Ted Talk sofort angesprochen gef hlt Das Buch hatte ich dann auch sehr schnell durchgelesen und war fasziniert von all den f r mich neuen Erkenntnissen und Zusammenh ngen Ich hatte ein richtiges Aha Erlebnis und f hle mich seitdem, seit ich verstehe warum ich bin wie ich bin und warum das ok ist, sehr viel selbstsicherer Genauso geht es Freunden, denen ich entweder den Ted Talk gezeigt oder die selbst das Buch gelesen haben Wer schon vorab Informationen braucht oder nicht so der Leser Typ ist, der kann auf Facebook der Quiet Revolution Gruppe folgen Dort gibt es auch viele Infos zum Thema.Mal abgesehen von dem Aha Erlebnis war das Buch sehr gut aufgebaut und sehr informativ Es handelt sich auch um ein nicht ganz popul rwissenschaftliches , also halb wissenschaftliches, Buch, in dem Sinne, dass fast alles geschriebene auf wissenschaftliche Quellen verweist, die auch am Buchende alle aufgef hrt sind F r Nicht Wissenschaftler m gen die ausgef hrten wissenschaftlichen Fragen vielleicht langweilig sein f r mich waren sie sehr informativ und die Glaubw rdigkeit unterst tzend Was nicht so ganz klar aus dem Buch herauskommt ist der Unterschied zwischen Introversion, soziale ngstlichkeit und Sch chternheit Dies wurde auch in einigen Rezensionen hier bem ngelt Allerdings muss ich zur Verteidigung der Autorin sagen, dass Introversion auch nicht klar davon abzugrenzen ist und die meisten wissenschaftlichen Quellen dies auch nicht hinkriegen Susan Cain gibt der Wissenschaft auf jeden Fall Anreiz f r weitere Studien zu diesem Thema.