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

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/01/2013
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Bookseller Reviews

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Quiet and Confident
Susan Cain’s exploration of the introvert/extrovert divide that defines our lives is surprisingly motivational. As a ‘quiet’ person, I immediately identifi... READ MORE
Amber Blundell at Edinburgh George Street
Quietly Brilliant
This confirms a lot of things I already thought- how being introvert shouldn't the disadvantage people think it is. Being quiet, thoughtful and reflective ... READ MORE
June Davies at Northallerton
A great read!
The world is very much ruled by extroverts since they have the personality treats that bring them to the fore in a world that is increasingly loud and shou... READ MORE
Tuija at Kingston Bentall Centre
Highly recommended
Big loud parties have never been my style. Speaking up in front of a group of people makes me squirm. When it comes to sociability I like small gatherings ... READ MORE
Isabel at Islington
Susan Cain's book shines a delightful, illuminating shaft of light into the world of the introvert, piecing together science, psychology and the personal t... READ MORE
So good that I based my dissertation on it!
This book is incredible! My Dad recommended it to me as he too is an introvert, and I'm SO glad he did. This was just the book that I needed to read, it ma... READ MORE
Becky - Waterstones Trafford Centre


In a world populated by extroverts and narcissists, Susan Cain offers an antidote, in what is both a celebration and defence of the introvert. By showing how society overvalues the one who speaks the loudest - and in doing so often overlooks the one who sees the most - Cain gives a persuasive argument against our need for noise.


A Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, this book will change how you see introverts - and yourself - forever.

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 most fundamental dimension of personality, at least a third of us are introverts, and yet shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as a negative. 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. In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts while giving them the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.

Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, whether an introvert or extrovert, this book will change how you see human beings for good.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780141029191
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 245g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

Customer Reviews

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Introversion or Quiet?
As an introvert I was very excited when I read pre-publication reviews of this book. Unfortunately it did not fully live up to my expectations!!! She explo... READ MORE
S from Croydon Book Club
Must read for everyone
A book that I feel everyone should read ( currently being passed around family members). Helps to explain how introverts can be made to feel inadequate in ... READ MORE
Thoroughly enjoyable
I honestly can't say enough good about this book - I purchased it this morning and I haven't put it down since (well, coming here to write this review asid... READ MORE
Paul J
Shhh - Don't tell Everyone, but this is excellent
Finally a book praising the fact that the quieter and shy members of society have as much to offer as those who have a natural ability to be heard. Cain l... READ MORE
Half Man Half Book
Make sense of the world
Why do they do that? Both extroverts and introverts ask this question - of each other and of themselves. Susan Cain manages to answer it. Practical advice ... READ MORE
A self discovery guide for introverts
A great book, that I am sure will truly add a lot to introverts out there, according to Susan, almost 50% of the population. In the West, we do live in a w... READ MORE
Daniel RR
This book is such an easy read but from which so much is learnt. This non-fiction novel is based on the idea that as human beings we are either one of two ... READ MORE
This IS the power of quiet
I absolutely loved this book, it was a great read and was definitely inspiring to me, as I have always felt a bit of an outsider in groups, as I don't like... READ MORE
A Brief Summary
*A full executive-style summary of this book is now available at newbooksinbrief dot wordpress dot com. Being the quieter, more reserved type, introverts ... READ MORE
Favourite book of the year
Such an amazing, insightful, intresting, knowledge full book, that was also such an easy read!!
Rebecca Ellaway
Great understanding into 'introverted' personality types can be beneficial in many scenarios vs an 'extroverted' personality type.
Felipe Dinis
Didn’t finish
The book had such good reviews and did start off well but it seemed to drag on a bit and I lost interest. Didn’t manage to finish the book either and doubt... READ MORE
Stephanie Gawthorpe