“There can be little doubt that the value of introverts has been over-looked for too long in this extrovert world...it seems we have a lot to offer!”David wrote this review Tuesday, March 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Interesting so far.”Melissa Tognoli wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very good description of people like me!”dojo wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is very empowering to introverts such as myself.”AOE wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“LOVED it! Very interesting way to look at people in your life.”Jessica Drake wrote this review Wednesday, March 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Which people do we value in society? Which people do we acclaim in schools? What skills promise a life of value and success, and how has that changed over time? According to Susan Cain, about a third of Americans are “quiet.” We are introverts—the buzz and excitement of a party may not terrorize us, but it does leave us drained. We go home to recover when the show’s over, while our extrovert friends, enlivened by all the excitement, go on to party elsewhere. And we can succeed, but in a world, or at least a country, that doesn’t value our quietness, we struggle to respect our own strengths instead of concentrating on our weaknesses.
Have you ever wondered why so much of a student’s score in class comes from group projects and classroom interaction? What about the good old days when grades depended on measurable learning? If you’re like me, you’ve certainly known students who get straight As on their homework but score a C in the class, because they’re “shy.” Have you ever wondered why we waste so much time adoring the stars of Hollywood, or demanding our politicians shine like rock stars? Or have you stopped to think how the Warren Buffets and Steve Jobs of our world are actually a) hugely successful because they’re b) supremely intelligent introverts?
Author Susan Cain goes on a journey not just through the psychology books, but also through Harvard Business School, a super-hyped up Tony Robbins Experience, even Saddleback Evangelical church (in a section entitled Does God Love Introverts), and the internet. Surprisingly, the internet, with its lack of boundaries and fully invaded privacy, presents the place where introverts thrive just as much as extroverts, and the instinct to stop and think before responding is a recognizable advantage.
Broken marriages, lost jobs, lonely children, or relationships mended, freedom and success, children who find their way after all, all illustrate the theme. In the end the author reminds us “love is essential; gregariousness is optional.” We don’t all have to live in our comfort zones, but we might need to retreat to them once in a while. And the world needs the quietly considered strength of Rosa Parks just as much as it needs the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
A pleasingly readable book, teaching through experience, sharing a journey, and leading to a place where extrovert and introvert just might be able to recognize value in each other, Quiet is the sort of book you’ll quietly recommend to many, and I’m certainly glad I got to read it.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
“Learned: It is ok to be an introvert, they have a lot of strengths and you do not have to be ashamed for it. Use your special skills
Critics: Too one-sided, kind of stagnated with in my development afterwards and didn't want to improve further”
“Thinking is back in vogue, nerds are on trend and I couldn't be happier. Here's the author talking about her scientific/psychological non-fiction at a TED conference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4 I've just finished this book and started reading about the author. Cain plans to change the school and workplace culture and design to encourage the power of thought, and I look forward to her revolution. Quiet is highly recommended. ”Komi wrote this review Tuesday, March 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Summary: Quiet is about introverts and their place in a "social butterfly" society. The another explains many different concepts of an introvert. ”
“A very refreshing book for me and my fellow introverts out there! It turns out that we don't have to change in order to become more like the extroverts. Rather the world should change and accept the fact that introverts are a necessity. Like the extroverts, they have essential skills and qualities that help us all move forward and thrive. ”Roxana C wrote this review Monday, March 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No