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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 (U.S.), 337 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Crown Publishing Group/Random House, Inc. (first published January 2012)
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Calvina I actually think extroverts should be the one reading this book! It helps extroverts better understand the thinking of introverts, and why introverts…moreI actually think extroverts should be the one reading this book! It helps extroverts better understand the thinking of introverts, and why introverts are the way we/they are ;)(less)
Dm Church I'm a textbook introvert - I disdain the telephone, and never initiate calls. I can talk if someone calls me, but I prefer to talk to someone one on…moreI'm a textbook introvert - I disdain the telephone, and never initiate calls. I can talk if someone calls me, but I prefer to talk to someone one on one, face to face. (less)
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Emily May
Jun 11, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2015
“There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”

I read this book for the same reason most people read this book: I am an introvert. I have always been an introvert, and it's a fundamental, sometimes limiting, part of who I am.

I've learned to deal with it better over the years - learned to clasp my shaking hands together during presentations, force myself to breathe normally and keep my voice steady, even force myself to make the first move in social situatio
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Hanne
Dec 17, 2012 Hanne rated it really liked it
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
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Stephanie
Apr 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
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……
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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
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Grumpus
Apr 17, 2015 Grumpus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science, audiobook
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
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Yvonne
Jan 19, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
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
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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.
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Morgane
Apr 16, 2014 Morgane rated it it was ok
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
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Felicia
May 23, 2013 Felicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Diane
Apr 26, 2015 Diane rated it it was amazing
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. I agree that 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 lo
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Brad
Jan 30, 2016 Brad rated it it was amazing
Most of this, to be honest, is self-explanatory, but the rest is a fairly comprehensive exploration of how extroversion became a public ideal back in the 1920's, replacing the power of character with personality and the social stigma that has ever since been placed upon people who don't seem vibrant and ebullient.

It shouldn't come as any surprise to anyone that 1/3 to 1/2 of all people are introverts, but because we live in a society that places a premium on everything non-introverted, most of
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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
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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
Matthias
Mar 19, 2016 Matthias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Matthias by: Fiona
Part I: Prelude to the review
Part II: The review
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Part I

Prelude: An introvert walks into a bookstore

I read a review on this book today and decided I had to buy it right away. I consider myself somewhat of an introvert, even though not everyone around me agrees on that, because you know, I talk to people and can be pleasant at the same time. Convincing people there's more to the introvert-extrovert distinction than that hasn't always proven easy.

I was hoping this boo
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Angie
Feb 20, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
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
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Steve
Sep 28, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
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. ;-)
Glenn Sumi
Sep 01, 2015 Glenn Sumi rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book spoke directly to my soul, to the core of my being.

If you’re on this site and reading this, you probably enjoy time alone to read, think and recharge your batteries. It’s not that you’re anti-social, you just prefer having meaningful conversations with one or two people rather than being stuck in a room with a loud group talking about... nothing.

Susan Cain’s book will validate you and make you feel you’re not a freak. You don’t need “to come out of your shell.” In fact, there are more
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Heidi Wiechert
Aug 07, 2016 Heidi Wiechert rated it it was amazing
Quiet entered my life at a particularly low moment. Allow me to set the scene: I had been on vacation for a week and a half. We were in Colorado, visiting my husband's family, some of whom I had met before, others whom I had not. I knew I wasn't going to be entirely comfortable being around people the whole trip- I'm a huge introvert and I'm self aware enough to know that I need downtime, and quite a bit of it, to feel as if I'm functioning normally. But I didn't realize that my husband, who is ...more
Elyse
Jan 03, 2016 Elyse rated it it was amazing
Update: Solid 5 stars..( Jan. 3rd 2016)...
I had a reason for a 4.9 rating years ago..
I still believe what I wrote ... however..
this book is a lifetime favorite book!!!
I had a conversation about it just yesterday.
I can get very charged up about this book.
When I've purged giving books away.. I've always 'kept' this one for myself ( yet I've bought extra copies a few times and have given it as a gift).
I feel everyone benefits from this book..'everyone' ... and the process of reading it is a fabulo
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Crystal Starr Light
Jan 03, 2013 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing
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
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Thomas
May 19, 2016 Thomas rated it it was amazing
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
Catelyn May
Mar 03, 2012 Catelyn May rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
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.
Lori
Apr 23, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
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
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Quiet The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

It's perhaps not a surprise that Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking identifies herself as an introvert. Being quiet, introverted or shy is still seen by many as a problem or handicap to overcome so I can see her motivation for writing it.

One these book's premises is that the Western world moved from a culture of character to a culture of personality, which according to the author has given an advantage to people that enjoy outgoing, uninh
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midnightfaerie
May 14, 2013 midnightfaerie rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
Rowena
Jun 16, 2012 Rowena rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, especially the beginning part. I so needed to read it. For years people have been telling me to come out of my shell and to be more outgoing and I realized I had definitely playing the role of pseudo-extrovert all this time! I enjoyed reading the fact that we introverts actually have power and hidden strengths. The list of famous introverts surprised me, Rosa Parks, Al Gore and Gandhi in particular. The book also shared some insight into the thinking patterns of extrove ...more
Carmen
Mar 28, 2016 Carmen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People with an interest in psychology
I expected to love, love, love this book. After all, psychology is one of my passions. Also, I am always interested in hearing from some group. And this is saying, "We, the introverts, are speaking out."

However, the book was neither as powerful nor as interesting as I was hoping.
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Cain does a great job of blending together different aspects. The three main angles she uses are:

1.) Famous people who were introverts. She usually starts her chapters with a story about a wonderful famous person we a
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Sylvia
Dec 22, 2013 Sylvia rated it really liked it
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.
Becky
Dec 24, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
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
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Book Riot Community
This is the first audiobook I have listened to in a long time and it was, in a word, amazing. First of all, as far as the audio format goes, they couldn’t have chosen a better narrator. Kathe Mazur’s voice fits the tone of the book perfectly–quiet and measured, yet firm. I basically just want to listen to every audiobook she’s ever narrated. Back to Quiet –I think Susan Cain did a stellar job of exploring the introverted personality type. She sites a number of studies and scientific theories to ...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. Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts was released in May, 2016 from Dial Books in the U.S., and from Penguin Life 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.” 1240 likes
“There's zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.” 690 likes
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