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Today we make room for a remarkably narrow range of personality styles Were told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable We see ourselves as a nation of extrovertswhich means that weve lost sight of who we really are Depending on which study you consult, one third to one half of Americans are introvertsin other words, one out of every two or three people you know Given that the United States is among the most extroverted of nations, the number must be at least as high in other parts of the world If youre not an introvert yourself, you are surely raising, managing, married to, or coupled with one.If these statistics surprise you, thats probably because so many people pretend to be extroverts Closet introverts pass undetected on playgrounds, in high school locker rooms, and in the corridors of corporate America Some fool even themselves, until some life eventa layoff, an empty nest, an inheritance that frees them to spend time as they like jolts them into taking stock of their true natures You have only to raise the subject of this book with your friends and acquaintances to find that the most unlikely people consider themselves introverts It makes sense that so many introverts hide even from themselves We live with a value system that I call the Extrovert Idealthe omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha, and comfortable in the spotlight The archetypal extrovert prefers action to contemplation, risk taking to heed taking, certainty to doubt He favors quick decisions, even at the risk of being wrong She works well in teams and socializes in groups We like to think that we value individuality, but all too often we admire one type of individualthe kind whos comfortable putting himself out there Sure, we allow technologically gifted loners who launch companies in garages to have any personality they please, but they are the exceptions, not the rule, and our tolerance extends mainly to those who get fabulously wealthy or hold the promise of doing so Introversionalong with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shynessis now a second class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women in a mans world, discounted because of a trait that goes to the core of who they are Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality style, but weve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform The Extrovert Ideal has been documented in many studies, though this research has never been grouped under a single name Talkative people, for example, are rated as smarter, better looking, interesting, and desirable as friends Velocity of speech counts as well as volume we rank fast talkers as competent and likable than slow ones The same dynamics apply in groups, where research shows that the voluble are considered smarter than the reticenteven though theres zero correlation between the gift of gab and good ideas Even the word introvert is stigmatizedone informal study, by psychologist Laurie Helgoe, found that introverts described their own physical appearance in vivid language green blue eyes, exotic, high cheekbones , but when asked to describe generic introverts they drew a bland and distasteful picture ungainly, neutral colors, skin problems.But we make a grave mistake to embrace the Extrovert Ideal so unthinkingly Some of our greatest ideas, art, and inventionsfrom the theory of evolution to van Goghs sunflowers to the personal computer came from quiet and cerebral people who knew how to tune in to their inner worlds and the treasures to be found there Copyright 2012 by Susan Cain From the book QUIET The Power Of Introverts in a World That Cant Stop Talking by Susan Cain, published by Crown, a division of Random House, Inc Reprinted with permission. Ce texte fait r f rence l dition CD People Top 10 Book of 2012 O, The Oprah Magazine 10 Favorite Books of 2012 Christian Science Monitor Best Books of 2012 2012 Goodreads Choice Award, Best Nonfiction Fast Company 1 Business Book of 2012 Inc Magazine Best Books for Entrepreneurs in 2012 Library Journal Best Books of 2012 Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2012 An important book that should embolden anyone who s ever been told, Speak up People Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts Quiet should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way It should be required reading for introverts or their parents who could use a boost to their self esteem Fortune.com Rich, intelligentenlightening Wall Street Journal An intriguing and potentially life altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike Kirkus, Starred Review Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions Cain consistently holds the readers interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts Harvard Business School and introverts a West Coast retreat center , and reporting on the latest studies Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off Publishers Weekly This book is a pleasure to read and will make introverts and extroverts alike think twice about the best ways to be themselves and interact with differing personality types Library Journal An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are Booklist In this well written, unusually thoughtful book, Cain encourages solitude seekers to see themselves anew not as wallflowers but as powerful forces to be reckoned with Whole Living Those who value a quiet, reflective life will feel a burden lifting from their shoulders as they read Susan Cain s eloquent and well documented paean to introversion and will no longer feel guilty or inferior for having made the better choice MIHALY CSIKSZENTMIHALYI, author of Flow and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management, Claremont Graduate University 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 Quiet is a book of liberation from old ideas about the value of introverts Cains intelligence, respect for research, and vibrant prose put Quiet in an elite class with the best books from Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and other masters of psychological non fiction TERESA AMABILE, Professor, Harvard Business School, and coauthor, The Progress Principle As an introvert often called upon to behave like an extrovert, I found the information in this book revealing and helpful Drawing on neuroscientific research and many case reports, Susan Cain explains the advantages and potentials of introversion and of being quiet in a noisy world ANDREW WEIL, author of Healthy Aging and Spontaneous Happiness Susan Cain has done a superb job ofsifting through decades of complex research on introversion, extroversion, and sensitivity this book will be aboonfor the many highly sensitive people who are also introverts ELAINE ARON, author of The Highly Sensitive Person Quiet legitimizes and even celebrates the niche that represents half the people in the world GUY KAWASAKI, author of Enchantment The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions Susan Cain is the definer of a new and valuable paradigm In this moving and original argument, she makes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture s overvaluation of extroversion A startling, important, and readable page turner that will make quiet people see themselves in a whole new light NAOMI WOLF, author of The Beauty Myth SuperbA compelling reflection on how the Extrovert Ideal shapes our lives and why this is deeply unsettling Based on meticulous research, it will open up a new and different conversation on how the personal is political and how we need to empower the legions of people who are disposed to be quiet, reflective, and sensitive BRIAN R LITTLE, PH.D., Distinguished Scholar, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University Quiet elevates the conversation about introverts in our outwardly oriented society to new heights I think that many introverts will discover that, even though they didn t know it, they have been waiting for this book all their lives ADAM S MCHUGH, author of Introverts in the Church Gentle is powerful Solitude is socially productive These important counter intuitive ideas are among the many reasons to take Quiet to a quiet corner and absorb its brilliant, thought provoking message ROSABETH MOSS KANTER, Harvard Business School professor, author of Confidence and SuperCorp Memo to all you glad handing, back slapping, brainstorming masters of the universe out there Stop networking and talking for a minute and read this book In Quiet, Susan Cain does an eloquent and powerful job of extolling the virtues of the listeners and the thinkers the reflective introverts of the world who appreciate that hard problems demand careful thought and who understand that it s a good idea to know what you want to say before you open your mouth BARRY SCHWARTZ, author of Practical Wisdom and The Paradox of ChoiceA smart, lively book about the value of silence and solitude that makes you want to shout from the rooftops Quiet is an engaging and insightful look into the hearts and minds of those who change the world instead of tweeting about it DANIEL GILBERT, professor of psychology, Harvard University, author of Stumbling on Happiness Ce texte fait r f rence l dition CD Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can t Buy Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can t Stop Talking 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