Written By: Susan Cain
Read By: Susan Cain
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Publisher’s Summary: The book that started the Quiet Revolution
At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts—Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak—that we owe many of the great contributions to society.
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts—from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
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Quiet: Susan Cain
Audio Book Summary
Susan Cain, in her book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can not Stop Talking, of introversion from a new, fresh and different point of view. He begins by explaining what happened so that extroversion became an ideal from the 1920s, stigmatizing and being judicious with those people who do not have a scandalous and vibrant personality. For Susan, the answer as to why introverted people are not considered to be valuable is found in Western societies in which the culture of personality has been worshiped. The model of a successful business man or woman is an outgoing person who does not have any problems with regard to social skills.
The introverted personality has not been respected, people often seek to modify the behavior of the introvert by pointing it out or exhorting it to be more open, share their points of view, speak more, express themselves better. A very important part of the population is considered by itself or by others as introverted, however, in order to have a place in a world that values extroversion (especially speaking of the labor world), introverted people have had to make a Great effort pretending to be like any other of his companions. Susan Cain bases her book with case studies and research that prove that introverts are very successful. It shows how introverts have more advantages over extroverts in some business fields because they are more cautious in making decisions and more reflective. Also, they tend to be better at listening to the ideas of others, which favors teamwork.
The book starts from the premise that introverted people should start by relaxing and being themselves. It is also important not to judge extroverts when their actions seem too scandalous or impulsive. The author proposes that perhaps a middle point between introversion and extroversion, which she calls ambivalence, could be the most beneficial, is a path between the world of ideas and the world of actions. It proposes that introverted people make an effort to know themselves and to accept themselves, and to make another real effort to share their interior with others.
It is a must read for those who consider themselves introverts, but also an important reading for those who are not. It is highly recommended for people who are in charge of work teams, as knowing a little personality of introverts can get them assigned tasks that can perform better than those who are not, instead of forcing them to pretend to be Just like your colleagues. It is also recommended for teachers who, in the performance of their work, will always meet those people whom they sometimes tend to label as timid or insecure, when in reality, they are only more involved in the internal world than in the external world And does not mean that it is bad.