“This is an interesting book on introverts. It is a bit long, but most of the content is fun to read. The most attractive things I found are those little things about introverts that the authors shares. ”Zhi Han wrote this review Wednesday, May 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Boring. Couldn't finish. ”Jane G wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very insightful but kinda dry in places.”Daniel A wrote this review Wednesday, May 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book..a must read”Krista Roy wrote this review Tuesday, May 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great read for anyone who is a self described introvert. This book made me feel so much better about my need for solitude. It taught me how to embrace my shyness, and how to play up my strengths and shine.”Jennifer P wrote this review Friday, May 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“At first glance (and first few chapters) this book is interesting and thought provoking. I love the initial ideas: let's listen to introverts a little more, let's not force them to be loud and confident, let's let them speak, let them work alone.... etc.....
but then the book goes on and on, repeating the same ideas with strange data that feels sort of forced. The quizes (answer these 15 questions to see if you're an introvert!) are so oversimplified- I have always considered myself and extrovert, but all the quizes say just the opposite. According to them I am a classic introvert. I think people are so much more complex than the 'quizes' break us down to be.
On top of that, there are strange correlations the author starts to make...like how Move On.org could only be ran by 'sensitive introvert types' and how it takes a sensitive introvert like Al Gore to care about global warming (really? there is no money involved in his adventures in 'saving the planet'?) plus more examples of how artists and inventors could not have done what they did without being introverts. It just starts to feel like a rah-rah rally for introverts (which the author is) and it gets painfully less interesting.
I loved the first bit, waned interest in the middle, and drug through the last..... unless you are an introvert needing a pep talk to feel better about yourself, this book could be skipped. Do yourself a favor, watch the TED talk instead. It is excellent, and all of her best bits are found there.”
“This book is incredibly well thought out and impeccably researched. I think it also speaks to the wannabe psychology student in me. "Introvert" is a disrespected word in our society, and Susan Cain sets the record straight. She outlines the strengths of introverted people. She details the "extroverted ideal" and suggests that maybe we shouldn't be so concerned with transforming everyone into gregarious salesmen. She gives pointers on how to be in relationships with introverts, how to work best with introverts, how to teach introverted children, and how to be a confident and effective individual if you are an introvert- while staying true to yourself. My review doesn't do this book justice... I discovered more of who I was through Quiet. If you have the time and patience to read this book, I highly recommend that you do. ”missjamie wrote this review Thursday, May 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“After Leah @ Books Speak Volumes read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I REALLY wanted a copy.
I’m not an introvert but I assumed that the book would make me appreciate and understand introverts more. I’m also not a true extrovert, love my peace and quiet, and thought the book might help me learn more about the ways I am in the middle of the extrovert/introvert continuum.
Quiet is a powerful book that is, in my opinion, more geared towards introverts. It seems like the introverted readers will speed through the book, while for someone like me, it took a lot longer. I picked it up, read a little, put it down, read some more, etc.
Quiet is full of amazing facts, but I’ll just highlight a few of them for you:
One third to one half of Americans are introverts!
Introverts are good at leading extroverts because they have fabulous listening skills and are okay with not dominating social situations; they are more likely to listen to and implement suggestions.
In a study that goes along with the bullet above, team members perceived their introverted leaders are more open and receptive to their ideas worked harder and got more done.
Rosa Parks had an encounter with the same bus driver 12 years before. The driver tried to get her off the bus by pushing her, and she made sure he realized she would get off the bus on her own. On her way out, she dropped her purse and sat on a “white” seat, her own way of passively resisting. Love this story!!!
Open office plans reduce productivity and memory, there’s a high turnover rate, and more people are sick, hostile, and insecure because they have no “safe place” to go to, they’re all out in the open.
The larger the brainstorming group, the worse they work at generating great ideas.
Both introverts and extroverts are equally intelligent.
Who should read Quiet?
Introverts will love, appreciate, and enjoy Quiet for giving explanations, tips, and tricks to having a better life and being understood.
Extroverts and those in between can read Quiet in order to gain more knowledge of introverts, just be prepared that the book might not be as exciting to you.
Let’s take a poll: Introvert? Extrovert? Somewhere in between?
Thanks for reading,
Rebecca @ Love at First Book”
“60% of the book great, other parts crap that could have been left out ... go through the chapters and just find out what matches you, your job etc. The other chapters not only don't apply to you, they are neither inspirational nor fun to read. ”Ondrej Zaoral wrote this review Saturday, May 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book gives tremendous insight into the world of introverts, and showed me a number of things about myself. I grew up in a military family and attended 13 schools before I graduated from high school. Extroverted behavior was a necessary survival skill, and I laughed the first time someone told me I was probably an introvert. I loved this book for helping me to understand the positive side of who I really am--who I was designed to be, and who I want to be. I can highly recommend it.
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