the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
Part one: The extrovert ideal. The rise of the "mighty likeable fellow": how extroversion became the cultural ideal ; The myth of charismatic leadership: the culture of personality, a hundred years later ; When collaboration kills creativity: the rise of the new Groupthink and the power of working alone
Part two: Your biology, your self? Is temperament destiny?: nature, nurture, and the Orchid Hypothesis ; Beyond temperament: the role of free will (and the secret of public speaking for introverts) ; "Franklin was a politician, but Eleanor spoke out of conscience": why cool is overrated ; Why did Wall Street crash and Warren Buffett prosper?: how introverts and extroverts think (and process dopamine) differently
Part three: Do all cultures have an extrovert ideal? Soft power: Asian-Americans and the extrovert ideal
Part four: How to love, how to work. When should you act more extroverted than you really are? ; The communication gap: how to talk to members of the opposite type ; On cobblers and generals: how to cultivate quiet kids in a world that can't hear them
A note on the words Introvert and Extrovert.
"Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so."
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The author explores how our society undervalues those who are more comfortable being contemplative and private and how detrimental this treatment is. She delves into cutting edge research, brain chemistry, and personal experiences to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and intro... Read More »
Cain questions the American business culture that overlooks the positive characteristics of introverts such as persistence, reflection, and sensitivity to others' feelings.
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 i... Read More »
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