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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

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At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 352 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Crown (first published January 1st 2011)
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Stephanie
March 6th was Super Tuesday and I live in that Oh-so-much-talked-about-battle-ground-state of Ohio. I work the elections as a Ballot Judge, which means I hand out the ballots to the voters and give them instructions. I get to talk and talk, for 13 hours straight *sigh*. I try to make it entertaining for the voters, myself and the others I work with because of its repetition, but by 7:30 pm when the polls close I don’t think the language I was using was English.

My spiel went something like this……...more
Hanne
I always thought I was just weird...
I can be alone in my car for a 1h drive and not want to have the radio or music on. On sundays I often join the walking club for a long 25km walk, but I prefer to do it alone (and oh, all the pity looks you get!). The idea of surprise parties makes me sick to my stomach, and any event where a thousand people are together is possibly even worse. I dislike small talk, but I probably hate even more how nervous I get when I have to do it.
I can feel sad for a brui...more
Grumpus
What an affirmation! While listening to this book, I was constantly reminded of Al Franken’s Saturday Night Live character, Stuart Smalley, and his mantra, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” Well, those who understand me do. Full disclosure, according to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, I’m an ISFJ.

There were so many points of affirmation for me—things I intuitively knew. Things I’ve tried to share with others mostly to no avail. This book supplies all the dat...more
Kelly
In a twist that will surprise precisely no one, this book spends a fair amount of time cheering for introverts. What were the odds, right? I assume if you're picking this book up you're on board with that to a certain extent, and likely something of an introvert yourself.

This book is certainly for you-or for the perplexed extrovert or "pseudo-extrovert" that might be confused by your supposedly mysterious ways. It's a sort of shield, a blockade, a set of reinforced walls that Cain feels it is n...more
Yvonne
Thank you, Susan Cain, for writing this remarkable book! As an introvert who has always been regarded as not only quiet, but also timid and weak, this book is very refreshing. It puts into words what many introverts know intuitively; strength does not have to be loud, in your face, or aggressive. Strength and conviction can present themselves quietly without sacrificing effectiveness. Through impressive research, Ms. Cain clearly demonstrates the importance of both personality types and the valu...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*


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This is a bit different from what I typically read and review. I don't often read non-fiction, but when my mom got this out of the library and I read the inside flap, I knew I would have to give it a shot. It sounded like something I could relate to and possibly benefit from … and it was. As soon as I started it, I was totally engrossed. And as I made my way through the entire thing, I felt like I was learning more and more about myself....more
Madeleine
Like the friend whose brutal honesty is never immediately welcome but reveals its necessary truths the more you bitterly and obsessively try to prove her wrong (in your head, of course, always in your head because no one else understands, damnit), this book made me confront things about myself that I always kind of knew but glossed over with conciliatory explanations.

I am, according to the battery of Myers-Briggs tests that Dr. Internet has administered to me (and that offer the same result no...more
Angie
A must read for everyone, not just introverts.

Susan Cain, former Wall Street lawyer and self-described introvert, investigates how introversion has become dangerously scorned in the current American "Culture of Personality." I had not fully realized how drastically our cultural values have shifted--and how much American society pushes us to conform--until reading Cain's book.

To prove her point, Cain visits American bastions of extroversion promotion, including Harvard Business School, Saddleba...more
Steve
I was able to obtain a pre-pub reader's copy of Susan Cain's new book.
This is a useful book for the introvert forced to be in the public eye.
By public eye I mean more than 1 or 2 people. I, as an introvert, gained a better understanding of why I am the way I am. Most introverts will find helpful tips and info on dealing with work and daily matters. Now if I could only have enough money to move away and live in seclusion. ;-)
Felicia
As you can see, i've been mixing up my reading lately, THIS ISN'T ROMANCE YAY!

Quiet is a fascinating book about the prejudice that our society faces against introverts, and why it's unfounded, and how, as an introvert, you can overcome that, as well as just KNOW yourself better. I never really classified myself as such before, but reading this, I understand why, if I'm exhausted, all I want to be is alone, and how I'm extroverted only when I can control my environment and how that's a THING! If...more
Diane
This book blew my mind. I loved it so much that I wish I could give a copy to all of my friends and relatives.

Susan Cain does an excellent job of explaining the different strengths between introverts and extroverts, and the history of how America came to idealize extroverts. Yes, as a society we tend to value the gregarious go-getters, the loud talkers, the forceful presenters. But Cain's book reminds us that societies need introverts, too -- the thinkers, the listeners, the people who look befo...more
Crystal Starr Light
Jan 03, 2013 Crystal Starr Light rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Crystal Starr Light by: Jason Stalides
Eye-opener. Astounding. Life-changing. Inspirational. Insightful. All these adjectives and more describe my experience with this amazing book.

I'm very much an introvert. I try to avoid social functions as much as possible, but I do love meeting every so often with my dear friends one-on-one. If I do end up at a party, you can bet I'm the one keeping the corner warm. I am an avid reader, a knitter, a sometimes writer, a nerd, and an engineer. My idea of a perfect evening is one spent in the comfo...more
Cheryl
QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a treatise on the dichotomy between the "man of action" and the "man of contemplation." A shy, quiet person is described as prefering solitude to multitudes, internal life to external stimulus, sensitivity to criticism and empathy for others, and a serious person often searching for meaning in life. The extrovert is sociable, gregarious, easily excited, outer-directed, and comfortable in the spotlight.

How did the...more
Lori
I'm really excited about all the works about introverts that's been coming out lately, I think mainly because of this book. I'm not sure if extroverts would have enjoyed this book as much as me, because Cain works hard to prove the merits and necessity of introverts in our society, while down-playing all the reasons why we should have an extrovert ideal. In fact, I think some extroverts would feel a bit offended at this book. But I don't care. I've lived my whole life feeling like there was some...more
Arun
Written by a former Wall Street lawyer and self-labeled introvert, Susan Cain, "Quiet" is important literature in the field of introvert-extrovert research. Although Susan Cain is an introvert, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the focus of this book is on introversion AND extroversion. Cain doesn’t present extroversion as a bad trait, but rather shows the reader how understanding introversion more deeply can be of use to American society. First, introvert-extrovert research is useful for...more
Sylvia
As a true 'introvert' or as I would rather prefer to label it a true 'intermediate' ... a definite so-glad-I-read-this-book for me.
And yes, please; a bit of Quiet around me would be most Welcome so that I could Hear my own Quietness & Inner Senses ;-)

It explained so many things about me, myself and I - in relation to where I stand in this very loud world that surrounds me everywhere.
Catelyn May
I loved this book. As an introvert, I felt like someone was finally telling my side of the story, and understanding my life in general. Definitely going to loan it to some extroverted family members.
midnightfaerie
When I was young, my grandfather, an intelligent farmer, used to call me an introvert, as I sat happily in the corner, spending my free time reading books or writing in my notebooks. I looked up at him, I believe I was around the age of eight or so, with crinkled eyebrows. He explained what it meant. But I didn't have a puzzled look on my face because I didn't understand the word, I was puzzled because he said it like he disapproved. Like it was a bad thing. My aunt, the doctor, immediately came...more
Julie
Once upon a time there was a woman who dreaded the staff meeting roundtable, when each person had to share what was good or bad or on their professional plate that week or in their personal life. All five, nine, fifteen pairs of eyes would be upon her as she forced her voice to carry down the table, knocking off as few words as she could to express, “Everything’s great!” before turning her flushed face to the colleague beside her. This same woman could take the stage before an audience in the hu...more
Cheryl
Bottom line - well-researched, carefully presented, entertaining, and very important to teachers, parents, bosses, introverts, and extroverts. Not perfect, but highly recommended.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

So far so enchanting. But then, I scored 20/20 introvert on the quiz in the introduction, so I'm biased.

I can tell it's not going to be a perfect book, as it's easy to nitpick about the science and the objectivity of the author. But it's an important book. It's crucial that...more
Morgane
I'm a bonafide introvert: I enjoy canceling plans so I can avoid leaving the house. And I do this OFTEN.

But that doesn't mean I'm terrified of public speaking, or that I hate extroverts, or that I'm a delicate "orchid" (wtf) that needs kind, gentle encouragement lest I break down. And while periodically Cain would make a half-hearted attempt at showing how not all introverts are frail bunny rabbits and how not all extroverts are dumb bullies, yeah that's kinda what she was saying.

Not to mention...more
David
Years ago, my division manager at work had everybody in the division take the Meyer Briggs personality test. Then we spent time in a workshop, to understand the implications of our personality types. One of the dimensions of the test is extroversion/introversion (E or I types). This book offers a very satisfying account of what it means to be an introvert. Generally Western cultures admire extroverts, while Asian cultures admire introverts. Both types of personalities offer value to society. Gro...more
Thomas
I love reading on Friday nights, writing on Saturday afternoons, and having quiet get-togethers on Sunday. But I also enjoy giving presentations at school, tutoring peers in writing, and interacting with various people online and in real life. I'd describe myself as an introvert (and my Meyers-Briggs personality type agrees), though both introverts and extroverts would enjoy this fascinating book by Susan Cain. She provides an intriguing, in-depth perspective on introversion, its connotation in...more
Tracey, librarian on strike
I have reviewed this book; the review can be found here, on Booklikes, and here, on my blog. (Also, go check out Leafmarks - it's going to be terrific.) However, I will no longer be posting reviews on Goodreads, due to its recent changes to terms of service and, far worse, the boneheaded and incomprehensible way it is proceeding with the new policy. Deleting content, almost randomly, and without warning (whatever they may have said) is wrong, and a half-hearted apology later doesn't make it all...more
Becky
I never really thought of myself as introverted until relatively recently, within the last year or so, when I declined an invitation to go out with a group of friends to the bar and one of them said "Fine, be introverted then! Hope you enjoy sitting home alone with your cats!" (She meant it in a teasing, only partially bitchy way, but I didn't take offense. I DO enjoy sitting home alone with my cats.)

My semi-bitchy friend actually helped me define a big part of myself. Until then, I just thought...more
Linda
I wish I could require every conference session leader in the Western world to read this book. You know the type: those perky people who take the podium and say things like "Before we start, shake hands with and greet at least three people you don't know." Arrrrrggggh. Like it's not already taking every ounce of energy I have to sit here in a room full of a hundred strangers.

Cain confirms with data from various studies what I've observed time and again: In group/committee situations, those who s...more
K
Hmmm...is it any wonder this book is so popular on goodreads?

We goodreaders' common interest in -- obsession with -- reading suggests that a disproportionate number of us are introverts. But less obviously, although goodreads is technically a social network, according to this book introverts apparently prefer socializing online to partying in real life and are more comfortable expressing themselves in writing than in verbal conversation. Therefore, many active social network participants are act...more
Natalie
Wow, this book was simply amazing. Every piece of information found here is something I wish I'd known in junior high school, high school, or even college. And I wish my parents had known more about when I was even younger than all that. I finished the book with mixed reactions though. On the one hand I feel completely validated, in a way I've never been able to grasp before, and I feel like there are definitely some simple things I can change about my life now that will help me become even bett...more
Orsolya
Why is it that the “ideal” person is extroverted? That we pride social skills and being outgoing? All while a deeply gifted thinker who prefers to be in his/her head is described as lacking these traits. Looking at it from an evolutionary standpoint, there is a reason why introverts exist, so why do we rate it as second best? Being a true-blue introvert, I turned to Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can’t stop talking” to answer these questions (and maybe propose new on...more
Owen
If you've ever been called or thought of yourself as introverted, quiet, sensitive, shy, aloof, antisocial, ... the list goes on—then you owe it to yourself to read this book. It has flaws—it crams in an awful lot of material and doesn't always make interrelations clear—but it's the best book I've read yet for understanding how I'm different from most people and what I—and they—can do about it.

The validation starts early, on page 4: "Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women in...more
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“QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” was released in January, 2012, from Crown Publishers in the U.S., and from Viking/Penguin in the U.K.

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“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.” 778 likes
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