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Old 01-22-2013, 09:42 AM   #1
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Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

This looks interesting, I've not read it but just added it to my wish-list:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
by Susan Cain

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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 is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Taking the reader on a journey from Dale Carnegie’s birthplace to Harvard Business School, from a Tony Robbins seminar to an evangelical megachurch, Susan Cain charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal in the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects. She talks to Asian-American students who feel alienated from the brash, backslapping atmosphere of American schools. She questions the dominant values of American business culture, where forced collaboration can stand in the way of innovation, and where the leadership potential of introverts is often overlooked. And she draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to reveal the surprising differences between extroverts and introverts.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/030...6YW3HWK55XCGG2
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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Not sure but I think it was nominated in the club for non-fiction month. It's been in my TBR list for quite some time. The price has come down enough for me but don't want to buy at the moment as I have so much to read from the kindle sale.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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Yes, it was nominated for the book club some time last year. It immidiately sparked my interest, so I put myself on the wait list for it on Overdrive. I did sort of read it when I finally got it, but I found myself resorting to speed reading more and more as the book went on.
Interesting topic though, and I might go back to it some other time and with better timing enjoy it more.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:38 AM   #4
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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As soon as I heard about that book I tought about you kenny - because of the 'psychology today' article you linked to.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:44 AM   #6
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Thanks Freeshadow, being a life-long introvert I like to keep tabs on them.

I find most psychological/sociological phenomena extremely interesting, particularly introversion, mind/brain, Intelligence, etc. etc. I almost became a psychologist before moving into engineering.
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I scored a 30 on my Myers-Briggs for I.
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Thanks for the pointer. Just bought it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:54 PM   #9
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:45 PM   #10
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An introverted friend recently linked me to a brief YouTube video based on this book, when attempting to explain introverted behaviour to me:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar1kEN_ZPNM
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Old 01-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #11
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They interviewed her on All Things Considered last year.

http://www.npr.org/2012/01/30/145930...-of-introverts
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Old 01-23-2013, 01:40 AM   #12
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Seems to me, at least based on the description of "introvert" I got out of the Myers-Briggs test, that in some ways the title is relying on a misunderstanding of what introverts are.

I can absolutely talk your head off. And with close friends, there are days I will!

But I was stunned when my Myers-Briggs test results strongly put me in the introvert category.

It stressed where you get your energy. And I fit the introvert in so many ways (prefer to read over parties, go home to recharge rather than going to a party to wind up, etc).

I can only say, THIS introvert can be pretty doggone noisy in the right situation.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:34 AM   #13
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Following this forum and noticing that 90 percent here call themselves "introverts" made me at least doubting any definition of extroverts/introverts.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:24 AM   #14
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And the shy?

How are they classified?

Always introverts?

A person may be shy in new company, but boisterous and 'themselves' in known company.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:27 AM   #15
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Kenny are you informing us that you're introverted?

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