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This book summary and analysis was created for individuals who want to extract the essential contents and are too busy to go through the full version. This book is not intended to replace the original book. Instead, we highly encourage you to buy the full version. More than a third of all the people we will meet in our lifetime are introverts. They are those who would rather listen than speak; who prefer working in solitude than in teams; who create and innovate but aren’t as inclined to promote themselves. Steve Wozniak, Dr. Seuss, Chopin, and Rosa Parks are only some of the names of the introverts who have moved the world. Author Susan Cain claims that introverts are terribly undervalued in society. Beginning from the 20th century, Cain traces the rise of the Extrovert Ideal and discovers how deep it has been embedded in our culture. In Quiet, she introduces us to introverts who have found success in life (despite being told otherwise)—from a clever and spirited public speaker who retreats into solitude once his talks are over, to a trailblazing salesman who has found power in asking questions. Quiet is written with passion, its arguments supported by thorough research and experiences by people in the real world. It contains the power to reframe society’s view of introverts for the better, and just as important—if not more—introverts’ view of themselves. Wait no more, take action and get this book now!
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The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
Based on the Book by Susan Cain
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PART 1: THE EXTROVERT DEAL
Chapter 1: The Rise of the “Mighty Likeable Fellow”
Chapter 2: The Myth of Charismatic Leadership (The Culture of Personality, A Hundred Years Later)
Chapter 3: When Collaboration Kills Creativity
PART 2: YOUR BIOLOGY, YOUR SELF? IS TEMPERAMENT DESTINY?
Chapter 4: Nature, Nurture, and the Orchid Hypothesis
Chapter 5: Beyond Temperament
Chapter 6: “Franklin Was a Politician, But Eleanor Spoke Out of Conscience”
Chapter 7: Why Did Wall Street Crash and Warren Buffet Prosper?
PART 3: DO ALL CULTURES HAVE AN EXTROVERT IDEAL?
Chapter 8: Soft Power
PART 4: HOW TO LOVE HOW TO WORK
Chapter 9: When Should You Act More Extroverted Than You Really Are?
Chapter 10: The Communication Gap
Chapter 11: On Cobblers and Generals
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Susan Cain’s Quiet provides scientific research, compelling discussions, and true-to-life stories as recounted by real introverts to furnish a deeper understanding of introversion. Susan Cain is an introvert herself, and she is hopeful that one day the stigma around introversion will be broken and introverts can live their lives free from society’s judgment.
Quiet shows a glimpse of what transpires inside both the introvert and the extrovert brain. Cain aspires that her book will allow the readers to see introverts in a better way and to be mindful of their value and great contributions to the world at large.
Quiet consists of eleven chapters and is structured in such a way that its four major themes are explained in four main parts.
Part One presents the Extrovert Ideal and consists of three chapters.
In Chapter One, Cain explores the factors that brought extroversion as society’s ideal, how it came to be accepted, and how it continues to be a part of today’s culture.
Chapter Two not only exposes the myth behind society’s definition of a charismatic leader, but also expounds on the great shift to a Culture of Personality from a Culture of Character.
In Chapter Three, the concept of the New Groupthink is presented, and Cain describes how creativity and collaboration are affected.
Part Two consists of four chapters. Here, Cain presents considerable evidence from scientific research for a further understanding on personality traits–specifically about temperament.
Chapter Four discusses whether it is by nature or by nurture that temperament is affected. Cain also introduces the Orchid Hypothesis.
In Chapter Five, Cain moves from the discussion of one’s temperament to investigate the role of one’s free will. Here, it is also explained how introverts are still able to excel in public speaking.
Chapter Six moves on to the concept of “cool” as well as its glorification. Cain makes an example of Eleanor Roosevelt’s story to paint a picture of introverts having a tendency of acting out of conscience.
In Chapter Seven, Cain shows the clear distinction between how extroverts and introverts think and act under stress. The chapter begins with Cain exploring the effects of the Wall Street crash.
Part Three consists of one chapter and examines how the Extrovert Ideal permeates many other cultures.
Chapter Eight introduces “soft power” as mainly an Asian attribute. Asian-American students also recount their stories and own experiences that underline the concept of soft power.
Part Four consists of three chapters. Here, Cain describes the relationships between extroverts and introverts at home and in the workplace.
In Chapter Nine, it is described that introverts may also act like extroverts in order to accomplish core projects.
Chapter Ten notes that there is a communication gap between extroverts and introverts. Cain also provides a guide on the proper way of approaching people with the contrasting personality trait.
In Chapter Eleven, Cain addresses parents and describes how they can help in the development of their introverted children.
The Conclusion provides a summary of the book’s major insights and lessons to keep in mind.
Susan Cain is the one of the founders of theQuiet Revolution (www.quietrev.com). She has also co-founded the Quiet Leadership Institute and the Quiet Schools Network. She has authored two bestsellers: Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (Dial Books, May 2016), and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking (Crown Publishers, Jan. 2012).
Susan Cain is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. Before becoming a writer, she was a corporate lawyer representing powerful clients like General Electric and Goldman Sachs. After a seven-year practice in corporate law, Cain opened a negotiation consultancy. She had trained various types of people, all between college students looking to negotiate their salaries to TV producers and hedge fund managers. Eventually, her clientele grew and included noteworthy ones: One Hundred Women in Hedge Funds, Shearman & Sterling, and Merrill Lynch.
Most will assume that Susan Cain is a gritty, self-confident person with a very strong personality. In truth, she is not the person most people would think she is. Cain prefers small, comfortable circles over big group settings, reading over socializing, and listening over talking. She thinks before she speaks (quite softly, as a matter of fact), and she has always felt terrified before giving out speeches. Cain is quick to admit that all she has accomplished in her career and personal life are due to these attributes.
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