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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Kira Walton

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

  • Michele Neuhouser

    Sounds extremely interesting!

  • Sheila

    This sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it.

  • Diane Hawkins

    Sounds like an interesting book. I look forward to reading it.

  • Alicia

    I would love to win a copy of this book to read!


    i’ve read it but would love to actually own 1…:)

  • Cindy

    I think she wrote this book for me. I love reading, am an introvert, and it comes out on my birthday! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading it!

  • Karen Munro

    I like her books

  • Sheri

    Being an introvert myself, I can certainly identify. I work with so many people who are so busy self-promoting, I wonder how they actually learned to do that. It’s something that does not come easy to me at all. I agree that quiet people are undervalued, but I may be biased!! 🙂

  • Essie A.

    This is exactly the type of reading that peaks my interests. Sounds fascinating. I am pretty sure their is a lot in its contents that I (and others) can relate to personally.

  • Michelle

    sounds like a very intersting read since we hear so much about type A personalities also.

  • Susan

    I am an introvert, so this subject matter is extremely interesting to me. People may underestimate us because we prefer to sit back and take things in. I would be really interested in reading this book!

  • Denise

    I would love to read this book.

  • Jennie

    This sounds like a great book…would love to read it.

  • Stephen Rosenberg

    Can relate to subject on a personal level

  • Tara

    This looks like a great read!

  • Gail Corbly

    This book looks like it would help a lot of people. Would love to win it.

  • Diane

    I would love to win this book. I have a painfully shy grand-son and this might give all his family some insight. Thanks

  • Donna

    This sounds like a perfect book for my whole family…would love to get a copy!

  • Danny Mullane

    looks intrtesting

  • Michelle Nelson

    sounds great

  • Joanne Vicente

    I really want to read this book! I’ve been criticized all my life about being an introvert, and I don’t think that’s such a bad thing at all!

  • Jo

    Looks like a great read! Something to be said for being the quiet one in the corner.

  • April

    I am most definitely an introvert. I remember learning about introverts/extroverts in high school. This book is one that would fascinate me and one that I could relate to. I would love to win this so that I could read it and pass it on.

  • April

    My birthday is also the day after it comes out! So @Cindy we could be reading it at the same time!!

  • Monica

    It pulled me in, looking forward to read this.

  • Marilyn

    Sounds like the type of book I would love to read and reccommend!

  • Marilyn

    Sounds like the type of book I’d love to read and reccommend

  • Sherry

    I’ve been an introvert all my life. It’s painful. I would enjoy reading this book..

  • Azelia

    Sounds like a great read for us intoverts!

  • Eve Ghigliotti

    Sounds interesting can’t wait to read this book.

  • Shellie

    Honestly, I had to look up what Introverts were. Funny how all these years I never knew there was a word for the way I am. I’m very interested in reading this book.


    might be insightful for myself… we shall see

  • Lisa

    Finally a book for all of us quiet people! Both myself and my daughter have struggled with being shy and quiet. I can’t wait to read this!

  • Carla Whitney-Warren

    Your book sounds interesting,I am intrigued and want to learn more.

  • Carla Whitney-Warren

    I am intrigued by your book and want to learn more.

  • Christine

    This sounds very interesting. I consider myself an introvert (for example, interactions exhaust me, I recharge alone), but can be very friendly and even talkative, so it surprises a lot of people. There are a lot of misconceptions about us.

  • Sarah Rawson

    Really interesting research. I would love to read this book. One doesn’t hear much anymore about introverts, and I don’t think I have ever heard of a book that puts a positive slant on introverts. More often books are about how to overcome being shy. Being an introvert myself, it sounds like a great book to read to learn to embrace being the way God made you.

  • Lara

    I’m an introvert! I want to know about myself.

  • Barbara Allshouse

    This book will be a good read. I am an introvert and I firmly believe that we introverts are undervalued. We are the people in an office quietly doing our work while many of our coworkers are chatting.

  • Barbara Allshouse

    Quiet is a book which would help me understand myself and would help give me confidence.

  • Allison

    As an off the scale introvert I’d love to read this.

  • Ann Lamdin

    I would love to read this book. Hope I win it!

  • Ann Lamdin

    This sounds like a great book. I would like to read it.

  • Stephanie

    Looks like a great book, espcially for the quiet ones like myself.

  • Laurie Christiansen

    This book would help me tremendously understand myself better! Looks interesting well researched.

  • Amela

    I would like to read this book 🙂

  • jill fernandes

    can”t wait to read. got a great spot in front of my fireplace.

  • kathy neu

    would love to read this book

  • kathy neu

    would like a copy

  • Kathleen Patterson

    Would love to win this book! Looks interesting!

  • Kathleen Patterson

    Books!! Free books!! Yes please!

  • Kathleen Patterson

    Yes please!!

  • Nikkie

    Not an introvert, but the book sounds interesting.

  • Katie

    Definately looks interesting!

  • Pat

    Thank you, I just found out I won this book. It’s like a great holiday present. I really can’t wait to receive it, and start reading.

  • amanda

    Quiet is a book which would help me understand myself and would help give me confidence. sounds great i hope i win

  • lizette mccormick

    Sounds like a good read!

  • Kim Johnston

    As a teacher, I need to know more about my introverts to understand them better.

  • krys glavin

    This sounds like the perfect book for me!!!! Hope I am a winner.

  • Tracy Rogers

    Can’t wait to read this book,I am so looking forward to receiving it.

  • Tracy Rogers

    I am looking forward to reading this book.

  • Paige Carpenter

    I am an introvert and would highly enjoy reading this. I do feel that people think my life is less because I am an introvert.

  • Adriane Brown

    I love to read!

  • julie yates

    HI! The book looks very interesting to read.

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