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“Scientists now know that the brain is incapable of paying attention to two things at the same time. What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“In a gentle way, you can shake the world. —MAHATMA GANDHI”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“students take ownership of their education when they learn from one another”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“(Taking shelter in bathrooms is a surprisingly common phenomenon, as you probably know if you’re an introvert.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“it’s always been private occasions that make me feel connected to the joys and sorrows of the world,”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“many introverts are shy, partly as a result of receiving the message that there’s something wrong with their preference for reflection, and partly because their physiologies, as we’ll see, compel them to withdraw from high-stimulation environments.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“We tend to forget that there’s nothing sacrosanct about learning in large group classrooms, and that we organize students this way not because it’s the best way to learn but because it’s cost-efficient,”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“All of this would be fine if more talking were correlated with greater insight, but research suggests that there’s no such link.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“This would not have come as news to Jason Fried, cofounder of the web application company 37signals. For ten years, beginning in 2000, Fried asked hundreds of people (mostly designers, programmers, and writers) where they liked to work when they needed to get something done. He found that they went anywhere but their offices, which were too noisy and full of interruptions. That’s why, of Fried’s sixteen employees, only eight live in Chicago, where 37signals is based, and even they are not required to show up for work, even for meetings. Especially not for meetings, which Fried views as “toxic.” Fried is not anti-collaboration—37signals’ home page touts its products’ ability to make collaboration productive and pleasant. But he prefers passive forms of collaboration like e-mail, instant messaging, and online chat tools. His advice for other employers? “Cancel your next meeting,” he advises. “Don’t reschedule it. Erase it from memory.” He also suggests “No-Talk Thursdays,” one day a week in which employees aren’t allowed to speak to each other.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“learned to not worry so much about the outcome,”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“My impression of you," Professor Ni told Raj gently, "is that I can give you a lot of work to do, but I don't have to pay much attention to you. Remember, in Silicon Valley, you can be the smartest, most capable person, but if you can't express yourself aside from showing your work, you'll be underappreciated. Many foreign-born professionals experience this; you're a glorified laborer instead of a leader.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“In our culture, guilt is a tainted word, but it’s probably one of the building blocks of conscience. The anxiety these highly sensitive toddlers feel upon apparently breaking the toy gives them the motivation to avoid harming someone’s plaything the next time.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“One of the best things you can do for an introverted child is to work with him on his reaction to novelty. Remember that introverts react not only to new people, but also to new places and events. So don’t mistake your child’s caution in new situations for an inability to relate to others. He’s recoiling from novelty or overstimulation, not from human contact.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“A software engineer named Tom kicks off, describing with great passion his relief at learning that there was “a physiological basis for the trait of sensitivity. Here’s the research! This is how I am! I don’t have to try to meet anyone’s expectations anymore. I”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“High-reactive introverts sweat more; low-reactive extroverts sweat less. Their skin is literally "thicker," more impervious to stimuli, cooler to the touch. In fact, according to some of the scientists I spoke to, this is where our notion of being socially "cool" comes from; the lower-reactive you are, the cooler your skin, the cooler you are.”
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“some people wish to fit harmoniously into the group, and others to be independent of it. Often the most highly creative people are in the latter category.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“Americans found themselves working no longer with neighbors but with strangers. “Citizens” morphed into “employees,” facing the question of how to make a good impression on people to whom they had no civic or family ties.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“Outstanding introverted leaders, such as Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Patrick White and Arthur Boyd, who have created either new fields of thought or rearranged existing knowledge, have spent long periods of their lives in solitude.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“How is it that Asians and Westerners can look at the same classroom interactions and one group will label it class participation and the other talking nonsense? The Chinese emphasize deeper attributes focusing on moral virtues and achievement. Another study asked Asian-Americans and European-Americans to think out loud while solving reasoning problems, and found that the Asians did much better when they were allowed to be quiet, compared to the Caucasians, who performed well when vocalizing their problem solving. These results would not surprise anyone familiar with traditional Asian attitudes to the spoke word: Talk is for communicating need to know information; quiet and introspection are signs of deep thought and higher truth.”
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“You may be so busy trying to appear like a zestful, reward-sensitive extrovert that you undervalue your own talents, or feel underestimated by those around you. But when you’re focused on a project that you care about, you probably find that your energy is boundless.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“Even multitasking, that prized feat of modern-day office warriors, turns out to be a myth. Scientists now know that the brain is incapable of paying attention to two things at the same time. What looks like multitasking is really switching back and forth between multiple tasks, which reduces productivity and increases mistakes by up to 50 percent. Many introverts seem to know these things instinctively,”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“I worry that there are people who are put in positions of authority because they’re good talkers, but they don’t have good ideas,”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“am a horse for a single harness, not cut out for tandem or teamwork … for well I know that in order to attain any definite goal, it is imperative that one person do the thinking and the commanding. —ALBERT EINSTEIN”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“This style of teaching reflects the business community,” one fifth-grade teacher in a Manhattan public school told me, “where people’s respect for others is based on their verbal abilities, not their originality or insight. You have to be someone who speaks well and calls attention to yourself. It’s an elitism based on something other than merit.” “Today the world of business works in groups, so now the kids do it in school,” a third-grade teacher in Decatur, Georgia, explained. “Cooperative learning enables skills in working as teams—skills that are in dire demand in the workplace,” writes the educational consultant Bruce Williams.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“The Asians were far more likely to accept a proposal from the friendly business manager than from the hostile one;”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“As an introvert might be expected to do, he’d prepared thoroughly for the speech, not only rehearsing his remarks but also making sure he could cite the latest research. Even”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“solitude is an important key to creativity—then we might all want to develop a taste for it. We’d want to teach our kids to work independently. We’d want to give employees plenty of privacy and autonomy. Yet increasingly we do just the opposite.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“When introverts hit the number nine button and find they’ve lost a point, they slow down before moving on to the next number, as if to reflect on what went wrong. But extroverts not only fail to slow down, they actually speed up.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“His hypothesis was that extroverted leaders enhance group performance when employees are passive, but that introverted leaders are more effective with proactive employees.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
“extroverted leaders enhance group performance when employees are passive, but that introverted leaders are more effective with proactive employees.”
Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking


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