The Power of Introverts in Quiet by Susan Cain

Did you know that at least one-third of the people you know are introverts? Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Susan Cain charts the rise of “the extrovert ideal” over the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects – how it helps to determine everything from how parishioners worship to who excels at Harvard Business School. And she draws on cutting-edge research on the biology and psychology of temperament to reveal how introverts can modulate their personalities according to circumstance, how to empower an introverted child, and how companies can harness the natural talents of introverts. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

“Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read.”
GRETCHEN RUBIN, author of The Happiness Project

“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

“[M]akes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture’s overvaluation of extroversion.”
NAOMI WOLF, author of The Beauty Myth

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Read about Famous Introverts in History

Check out Susan Cain’s Quiet Manifesto

Read Susan Cain’s Advice on Parenting Introverted Kids

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Take Susan Cain’s Quiet quiz

susan-cain-author-photoSUSAN CAIN is a writer whose work on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times and on She has taught negotiation skills at corporations, law firms, and universities and practiced corporate law for seven years. An honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Susan lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Quiet will be available wherever books are sold January 24, 2012.

Visit Susan online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter @SusanCain.

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About Kira Walton

Kira Walton

KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor.

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