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Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet Power shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the listener on a journey from Dale Carnegie's birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the extrovert ideal in the 20th century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.
Perhaps most inspiring, she 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 in to the power of questions. Finally, she offers invaluable advice on everything from how to better negotiate differences in introvert-extrovert relationships to how to empower an introverted child to when it makes sense to be a "pretend extrovert".
This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves.
O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012
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By Tom N. Tumbusch on 02-02-17
THIS BOOK IS FOR TEENS
Susan Cain remains one of the single best authorities on introverts, but the publisher's description omits a critical piece of information: this book is written for teenagers. If you're one of those extroverted parents who doesn't get why their quiet kid is the way they are, you should read it too. For everyone else, pick up Susan's first book, Quiet, which has a lot more in it for grownups.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Axxul on 08-24-16
Thank you! Now I get it!
Bought book to help my quiet 7 year old and realized this book will help me too. I grew up hearing "speak louder" "is she mute?". As I got older I pretended to be an extrovert to feel like I was "better" and I was trying to make my quiet boy more extrovert so he wouldn't struggle like I did, now I realize there is nothing"wrong " with us.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful