Quiet

The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

368 pages

English language

Published Jan. 29, 2013 by Crown.

ISBN:
9780307352149

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4 stars (48 reviews)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking is a 2012 non-fiction book written by Susan Cain. Cain argues that modern Western culture misunderstands and undervalues the traits and capabilities of introverted people, leading to "a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness".The book presents a history of how Western culture transformed from a culture of character to a culture of personality in which an "extrovert ideal" dominates and introversion is viewed as inferior or even pathological. Adopting scientific definitions of introversion and extroversion as preferences for different levels of stimulation, Quiet outlines the advantages and disadvantages of each temperament, emphasizing the myth of the extrovert ideal that has dominated in the West since the early twentieth century. Asserting that temperament is a core element of human identity, Cain cites research in biology, psychology, neuroscience and evolution to demonstrate that introversion is both common and normal, …

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Review of "Quiet : the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Un excellent livre, très bien sourcé et documenté, sur l’introversion.

Susan Cain y explique comment l’idéal extraverti a été mis en valeur depuis le début du XXe siècle, au moins dans le monde occidental, et comment cette valorisation d’un idéal qui ne leur ressemble pas impacte la vie et la santé mentale des introvertis.

L’autrice mêle habilement des éléments tirés de recherches plus ou moins récentes en psychologie et des histoires de vie d’introverties qu’elle a rencontrés dans le cadre de ses recherches sur le sujet.

Susan Cain ne se contente pas de dresser un constat et de décrire les traits de personnalité et le fonctionnement des introvertis, elle propose également des clefs pour mieux vivre son introversion. Elle le fait avec des exemples concrets, ce qui est appréciable.

J’ai beaucoup aimé ce livre, parce que je me suis évidemment reconnu dans ce portrait de l’introverti minoritaire dans une société …

Review of 'Quiet' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

There are a lot of chapters to skip in this book, because they deal mainly with (1) raising introverted children or (2) how society celebrates extroverts, but the chapters on the differences between introverts and extroverts, and adaptive strategies, were very helpful in understanding some of my tendencies as a “social introvert” — I highly value spending time with friends and have a lot of them, but I prefer one-on-one or small group interactions, and need to recharge with “alone time” afterward. I think the book is worth reading for these portions alone.

Review of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I'm guessing that avid readers tend even more toward introversion than other groups, yet I noticed that even my reading choices are influenced by our cultural bias toward extroversion. Susan Cain lifts the curtain and exposes this bias, and explores the alternatives. Some science is referenced, but I think Cain is wise to avoid being mired in psychological debates and keep a pragmatic focus. The real revelation has more to do with how I can behave naturally and still navigate my cultural environment, a valuable perspective.

Review of 'Quiet' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I tend to think there are many misconceptions around introverts; we live in a world that seems to praise extroverts. Susan Cain tries to help people understand the importance of introverts and why we need a balance between the two personality traits. Susan is an introvert herself and found her job as a lawyer expected an extroverted personality. However embracing her introversion, she was able to prove herself a valuable employer and lawyer; so much so that she went on to become a negotiations consultant.

Quiet is a book that seeks out to explain the need for introverts, while also looking at the history between these two personality types. I myself am extremely introverted and my Myers–Briggs Type Indicator is INTJ (this can change over time but I will not go into that at the moment). I found it useful to understand the history in how society deals with introverts; …

Review of 'Quiet' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

This book could have been a bit shorter. It does make some excellent points, but it also has a lot of filler on it on the way to making the good points. If you are an introvert, and I will disclose that I am introverted, you will find yourself nodding often as you read it. There is going to be a lot of validation for you. If you are an extrovert with an introvert in your life-- a loved one, a family member, maybe a child who seems a bit too quiet or less social-- then this book will go a long way to explain why those people are how they are and also how to love and deal with them.

In addition, I would have rated it higher, but there was a lot in this book that I already knew. I've taken Myers-Briggs and done other exercises and studying …

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