Quiet - Susan Cain


By Susan Cain

  • Release Date: 2012-01-24
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Size: 8.54 MB
Score: 4.5
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Experience the book that started the Quiet Movement
“A smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude.”—Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY PeopleO: The Oprah MagazineThe Christian 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, 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.

Now with Extra Libris material, including a reader’s guide and bonus content


  • 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.
  • Amazed

    By Topsy056
    one of my favorite books. very informative and comprehensible. well done!
  • It was tiring.

    By efcos
    It’s a good book, based on lots of research and its credibility is unquestionable. Yet, for me, it was a constant comparison between introverts and extroverts that got very tiring. At times I felt the point of the book was to see how good it is to be an introvert and how bad it is to be an extrovert. Although it boosted my confidence and I feel now I understand certain things that I do unconsciously, I really felt like i didn’t have to go through the entire book to get it. It got tiring and a bit boring after a couple of hours in.
  • Price Gouging Much?...

    By jtharrice
    Um, yeah Apple, I bought the book on Kindle for $3.36. Wanted to get it here, but with the whole $11.99….well, you know, not cool. Trying to understand right now.
  • Someone understands!!!

    By Pastor gas
    I loved this book mostly because I am an introvert myself. I had always been told I was too quiet, and that I should "come out of my shell". I was feeling pretty bad about myself, until I found this book and found that I am an introvert. I liked reading the stories of people who started out as quiet geeks and ended up starting big things like Apple and Rosa Parks. While I was reading, I thought, "wow, these people were just like me." It made me feel warm and fuzzy.
  • Could not put it down

    By sunsetlily
    I already knew I was an introvert and knew several of the unique research behind introvertedness, but this book still managed to captivate me and introduce me to a myriad of knowledge I had never heard. Not a day passes since I have read this that I don’t bring up this book in casual conversation with people; it has so many interesting facts about human behaviors!