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

In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain has penned a huge bestseller. Cain explains that in a world filled with extroverts . . . that even encourages people to be extroverted . . . introverts have been lost in the shuffle.

With this book, Cain has become the new spokesperson from this personality type.

In a nutshell, extroverts derive energy by talking to and being with other people. Introverts derive energy by being by themselves.

Throughout the book, Cain explores introversion through research, her own experiences, and the chemistry of the brain. Cain wants introverts and extroverts to better understand each other. She also wants introverts to better understand why their hard-wiring and tendencies.

The book is well written and engaging. It’s also detailed (over 300 pages). I particular liked the chapter on “The Myth of the Charismatic Leader.” In it, Cain has some interesting things to say about Tony Robbins, Rick Warren, and Saddleback Church.

If you are an introvert, you will be encouraged and educated. If you are an extrovert who has an introvert in your life (spouse, child, parent, best friend, etc.), this book will help you to understand them better.

While this book is excellent in what it sets out to do, I admit I’m surprised that it’s such a blockbuster. Why is this book selling so well? Perhaps you all can answer that for me.

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  • http://www.kellyjyoungblood.com kjpyoungblood

    I loved it, and although I got my copy for free, I think it is selling so well for reasons Ryan mentioned. It helps us introverts understand ourselves better, and it gives us some documentation to point to in order to tell others “look, this is why I do this”.

  • http://emerginganabaptist.com Ryan Robinson

    I haven’t read this book but I have read a couple of other “introversion isn’t so bad” books. I think they sell well not because of new information but just because they make us introverts feel better about ourselves. We are generally told that we need to be more extroverted so hearing that we’re ok as we are goes a long way.