Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed.
That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert.
The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of
personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the
world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the
Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers.
Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are
often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they
In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and
extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts.
She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full
advantage of their strengths.
Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet
will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.
About the Author
Susan Cain is a writer whose work on introversion and shyness has appeared in the New York Times, Time, O Magazine, and PsychologyToday.com. She has taught negotiation skills at corporations, law firms, and universities and practiced corporate law for seven years. Recently she was selected to speak at the TED2012 conference in Long Beach, California. An honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Susan lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons.
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