Reading Group Questions

Based on the quiz in the book, do you think you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or an ambivert? Are you an introvert in some situations and an extrovert in others?

What about the important people in your lives—your partners, your friends, your kids?

Which parts of QUIET resonated most strongly with you? Were there parts you disagreed with—and why?

Can you think of a time in your life when being an introvert proved to be an advantage?

Who are your favorite introverted role models?

Do you agree with the author that introverts can be good leaders? What role do you think charisma plays in leadership? Can introverts be charismatic?

If you’re an introvert, what do you find most challenging about working with extroverts?

If you’re an extrovert, what do you find most challenging about working with introverts?

QUIET explains how Western society evolved from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality. Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

QUIET refers to the New Groupthink, the value system holding that creativity and productivity emerges from groupwork rather than individual thought. Have you experienced this in your own workplace?

Do you think your job suits your temperament? If not, what could you do to change things?

(If you have children) How does your temperament compare to those of your children? How do you handle areas where you’re not temperamentally compatible?

(If you’re in a relationship) How does your temperament compare to that of your partner? How do you handle areas where you’re not compatible?

Do you enjoy social media such as Facebook and Twitter? Do you think this has anything to do with your temperament?

QUIET talks about “restorative niches,” the places introverts go or the things they do to recharge their energy. What are your favorite restorative niches?

Can you think of a time in your life when being an introvert proved to be an advantage?

Susan Cain calls for a QUIET Revolution. Would you like to see this kind of a movement take place, and if so, what is the #1 change you’d like to see happen?

 


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Quiet: The Book

- Wall Street Journal

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Best Nonfiction Book of 2012

QUIET has been voted the best nonfiction book of 2012
by Goodreads.com

Manifesto

1. There’s a word for “people who are in their heads too much”: thinkers.

2. Our culture rightly admires risk-takers, but we need our “heed-takers” more than ever.

3. Solitude is a catalyst for innovation.

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