Quiet - Susan Cain


By Susan Cain

  • Release Date: 2012-01-24
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 1,446 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement and revolutionized how the world sees introverts—and how introverts see themselves—by offering validation, inclusion, and inspiration

“Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read, Quiet is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand the gifts of the introverted half of the population.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineChristian Science MonitorInc.Library JournalKirkus Reviews

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, impeccably 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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  • Makes so much sense…

    By Cris2117
    This book would’ve made my high school life so much easier. Seeing how and why I am the way that I am. This book can also provide explanations for the behaviors of extroverts. All pretty interesting.
  • A great read

    By jwatson26
    A must for everyone who interacts with anyone on this earth. I felt seen reading this book!
  • Perfect for Introverts

    By mmyers526
    Before reading this book I knew that I was an introverted person but this book validated so much for me. It was encouraging to read something very relatable and even give alternative ideas to handle situations that can be overly stimulating socially. I will definitely continue to use this book to help remind me that its ok.
  • Eye-opening and enlightening

    By tmh713
    I enjoy reading this book because it taught me something about myself and about those that I care deeply for. They short stories infused throughout are a great help to reading this book.
  • Enormously insightful

    By MattOnThePrairie
    I bought this book to better equip me to fully appreciate and most effectively deploy some amazingly talented introverts who work for me in my small business. I now legitimately look at them as though I’ve just discovered that they have superpowers. I also greatly appreciate the many parts of the book that make a compelling case that extroverts need to—at least under some circumstances—learn to borrow a page or two from the introverts’ playbook.
  • Explanation for me

    By ineedareed
    This book really brought back so many memories from my childhood. Adult me now has a better perspective on child me. I realize now that I’ve been a pseudo extrovert for much of my life and am only my real self when alone or with a few close friends. Of course, I’ve always had this sense, but now the feelings are more fleshed out. I found myself in so much of this book and will have to reread it and probably take some notes for retention.
  • Quiet

    By glw0602
    This book spoke to me. I saw myself in everything the author described and every example she gave as the personality of an introvert. So happy to finally see that what has been described by family, friends and bosses and co-workers as strange and weird is actually my normal and that makes me just fine and special. YaY Introverts!!
  • Hard to read and boring book.

    By Bdavid2011
    My therapist suggested I read this book to help me. Read 100 pages and still had no clue why anyone think this book was interesting.. it’s basically telling us boring facts about famous people.. who cares, I want to know how the everyday person copes with their issues!
  • Great book

    By CTW123
    This book helps you understand introverts!
  • Wonderful

    By Siwithlove
    I love this book!! The author supports nearly everything she shares with a study or fact to back it up, too! Very encouraging for people who feel like they don't quite fit in, and that they are too quiet. She reminds us that there are a lot of valuable things about being an introvert.