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“Cain is ridiculously articulate, and the book is phenomenal. Yes, it’s that good. It’s well-written, fascinating and filled with rigorous research and surprising stories.”- Margarita Tartakovsky
“Cain’s intelligence, respect for research, and vibrant prose put QUIET in an elite class with the best books from Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and other masters of psychological non-fiction.”- Teresa Amabile, Harvard Business School professor and co-author, “The Progress Principle”
“Susan Cain’s Quiet, an earnest and enlightening 300-page inquiry into introversion and its uses. A rich, intelligent book.”- The Wall Street Journal
“Intriguing…”- People Magazine
“…a must-read book”- Forbes
“Rather than labor fruitlessly to make introverts something they’re not, parents, teachers and employers should in fact encourage the dreamier among us”- Reuters
Quiet, which is one of the hottest selling books in America right now and was featured as the Time cover story this week, is a reminder of the importance of introspection and solitude in our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter age of incessant updates, retweets, likes and pokes. Amidst all the hype of his IPO, I hope Zuckerberg has the opportunity to sit down and read the excellent Quiet.  It may inspire him to think more critically about his “social mission” and the real value of giving everyone a “voice” to talk about themselves.”- CNN.com
“Cain offers a wealth of useful advice for teachers and parents of introverts… QUIET should interest anyone who cares about how people think, work, and get along, or wonders why the guy in the next cubicle acts that way. It should be required reading for introverts (or their parents) who could use a boost to their self-esteem.- Fortune.com
“In this well-written, unusually thoughtful book, Cain encourages solitude seekers to see themselves anew: not as wallflowers but as powerful forces to be reckoned with.”- Whole Living
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking shines a light on introverts (whether we like it or not) and makes the case that we, too, have an important role in a world that reveres extroverts.”- Ladies Home Journal.com
“Susan Cain’s excellent new book on introversion — and the startling power of quiet, even in 2012 America — is such a well-timed, welcome read.- Buffalo News
“Cain makes a good case for a greater recognition in our society for quiet leadership, the creative milieu of solitude, and the need to honor the character qualities of thoughtfulness, sensitivity, and gentleness. Long live the introverts of the world!”- Spirituality and Practice
Quiet demonstrates just how deep and disturbing is this plague of extroverts—the showoffs,risk-takers, salesmen, charmers, charlatans and politicians”- New York Post
“A vigorous, brainy and highly engaging defense of introversion.- Bookpage
“What Susan Cain understands—and  readers of this fascinating volume will soon appreciate–is something that psychology and our fast moving—and talking—society has been all too slow to realize: Not only is there really nothing wrong with being quiet, reflective, shy and introverted, but  there are distinct advantages to being this way. Perhaps like those more quiet individuals whom this book heralds, many of us would benefit if we lived according to the old adage about crossing the street: stop, look and listen.” - Jay Belsky, Robert M. and Natalie Reid Dorn Professor, Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis
“The author’s insights are so rich that she could pen two separate books…An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.”- Kirkus, Starred Review.
“Firmly in Malcolm Gladwell territory—a fascinating, pro-wallflower read.”- Manhattan Users Guide
“Finally someone has exposed the feet of clay of the extraversion industry. It is a wonder it took so long. Those who value a quiet, reflective life will feel a burden lifting from their shoulders as they read Susan Cain’s eloquent and well documented paean to introversion — and will no longer feel guilty or inferior for having made the better choice!”- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of “FLOW: The Psychology of Optimal Experience”
“Quiet legitimizes and even celebrates the “niche” that represents half the people in the world. Think Malcolm Gladwell for people who don’t take themselves too seriously. Mark my words, this book will be a bestseller.”Guy Kawasaki, author of “Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions”
“Happiness is… QUIET, an extraordinary book that will change forever the way society views introverts.  Superbly researched, deeply insightful, and a fascinating read, QUIET is an indispensable resource for anyone who wants to understand the gifts of the introverted half of the population.”- Gretchen Rubin, author of “The Happiness Project”
“Susan Cain has done a superb job of sifting through decades of complex research on introversion, extroversion, and sensitivity. This book will be a boon for the many highly sensitive people who are also introverts.”Elaine Aron, author of “The Highly Sensitive Person.”
“Memo to all you glad-handing, back-slapping, brainstorming masters of the universe out there: Stop networking and talking for a minute and read this book.  In QUIET, Susan Cain does an eloquent and powerful job extolling the virtues of the listeners and the thinkers–the reflective introverts of the world who appreciate that hard problems demand careful thought and who understand that it’s a good idea to know what you want to say before you open your mouth.  Read this book and you’ll find yourself seeking out the opinions of those who sit quietly in corners waiting to be asked what they think.”Barry Schwartz, author of “Practical Wisdom and The Paradox of Choice”
“Susan Cain is the definer of a new and valuable paradigm. In this moving and original argument, she makes the case that we are losing immense reserves of talent and vision because of our culture’s overvaluation of extroversion. A startling, important and readable page-turner that will make quiet people see themselves in a whole new light — and lead the employers, partners and parents of quiet people to a far deeper insight.”Naomi Wolf, author of “The Beauty Myth”
“As an introvert often called upon to behave like an extrovert, I found the information in this book revealing and helpful.  Drawing on neuroscientific research and many case reports, Susan Cain explains the advantages and potentials of introversion and of being quiet in a noisy world.  An important take-away message is that in order to be most successful and fulfilled each of us must work to find the sweet spots of just enough external stimulation to suit  our personality type.”- Dr. Andrew Weil, author of “Natural Health, Natural Wellness”
“An informative, well-researched book on the power of quietness and the virtues of having a rich inner life. It dispels the myth that you have to be extroverted to be happy and successful.”Judith Orloff, M.D., author of “Emotional Freedom”
“Gentle is powerful… Solitude is socially productive… These important counter-intuitive ideas are among the many reasons to take QUIET to a quiet corner and absorb its brilliant, thought-provoking message.”- Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School professor, author of “Confidence” and “SuperCorp”
“Author Susan Cain exemplifies her own quiet power in this exquisitely written and highly readable page turner. She brings important research and poignant, personal examples into the light, greatly deepening our understanding of the introvert experience.” – Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, Ph.D., author of “The Introverted Leader: Building On Your Quiet Strength”
“I have been impatiently awaiting the publication of Susan’s book for 5 years. Now that I have finally gotten my hands on it, I can say that not only does it not disappoint but it elevates the conversation about introverts in our outwardly-oriented society to new heights. I think that many introverts will discover that, even though they didn’t know it, they have been waiting for this book all their lives.”- Adam S. McHugh, author of “Introverts in the Church”
“Susan Cain’s quest to understand introversion, a beautifully wrought journey from the lab bench to the motivational speaker’s hall, offers convincing evidence for valuing substance over style, steak over sizzle and prizing qualities that are, in America , often derided. QUIET is an introvert’s manifesto—an eloquent call for a new social order. Like the powerful introverts that fill its pages, this book is brilliant, profound, full of feeling and brimming with insights. Those who are quiet, Cain makes clear, have much to say.  Read this book and listen.”- Sheri Fink, Pulitzer-Prize winning author and journalist.
“A brilliant, important, and personally affecting book. Cain shows that, for all its virtue, America’s ‘Extrovert Ideal’ takes up way too much oxygen. Our schools, businesses and families would all benefit from more curiosity, alertness, and deeper thinking. In other words, we need to see introversion as an asset not a deficiency. Cain herself is the perfect person to make this case–with winning grace and clarity she shows us what it looks like to think outside the group.”- Christine Kenneally, author of “The First Word”
“Once in a blue moon, a book comes along that gives us startling new insights. QUIET is that book: it will change the way you see yourself, other people, and the world. It’s part page-turner, part cutting-edge science. The implications for business are especially valuable: QUIET offers tips on how introverts can lead effectively, give winning speeches, avoid burnout, and choose the right roles. This charming, gracefully written, thoroughly researched book is simply masterful.”- Adam Grant, Associate Professor of Management, The Wharton School
“Susan Cain’s QUIET is superb. Based on meticulous research, it is a compelling reflection on how the Extrovert Ideal shapes our lives and why this is deeply unsettling. Drawing on the latest research, and reflecting a deep personal passion for her topic, Cain has written an elegant and powerful plea for introversion. It will open up a new and different conversation on how the personal is political and how we need to empower the legions of people who are disposed to be quiet, reflective and sensitive.” -Brian R. Little, Ph.D., Disinguished Scholar, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, Cambridge University
“What Susan Cain understands–and readers of this fascinating volume will soon appreciate–is something that psychology and our fast moving—and talking—society has been all too slow to realize: Not only is there really nothing wrong with being quiet, reflective, shy and introverted, but there are distinctive advantages to being this way. Perhaps like those more QUIET individuals whom this book heralds, many of us would benefit if we lived according to the old adage about crossing the street: “stop, look and listen”.- Jay Belsky, Professor of Human and Community Development, University of California, Davis
“Brilliant, illuminating, empowering! QUIET gives not only a voice, but a path to homecoming for so many who’ve walked through the better part of their lives thinking the way they engage with the world is something in need of fixing.”- Jonathan Fields, author of “Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance”
“Cain gives excellent portraits of a number of introverts and shatters misconceptions. Cain consistently holds the reader’s interest by presenting individual profiles, looking at places dominated by extroverts (Harvard Business School) and introverts (a West Coast retreat center), and reporting on the latest studies. Her diligence, research, and passion for this important topic has richly paid off.”- Publishers Weekly
“This an intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are.”- Booklist
“This book is a pleasure to read and will make introverts and extroverts alike think twice about the best ways to be themselves and interact with differing personality types.”Library Journal
QUIET: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain is a must-read.”Douglas Conant, former CEO of Campbell Soup
QUIET is a fascinating, easy-to-read book on a topic we can no longer afford to overlook.”Dani Alexis Ryskamp, Shelf Awareness.
“An intelligent and often surprising look at what makes us who we are.”Booklist
“Cain takes a balanced, intelligent look at the interactions of introverts and extroverts. Her anecdotes can startle. She mixes in neuropsychological studies, interviews and her own experience to craft a smart book that steers clear of pedantry. QUIET is an excellent resource. It does justice to social complexities without martyring introverts or stigmatizing extroverts.”Cleveland Plain Dealer
QUIET is well-researched and references contemporary neuroscience, psychological research studies, and popular business literature to provide the answers to her own questions regarding her introverted personality. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you will learn plenty about yourself, how you communicate, and how you work–whether you need that quiet room for yourself or not–by reading QUIET .CEO Reads
QUIET provides insight for introverts, their loved ones and their colleagues about what it means to be introverted, what particular benefits introversion can provide and how to incorporate introverted folks into an extroverted world so that all benefit. Her chapters on dating introverts and raising introverted children are especially readable and insightful, promoting the collective interest in the gifts of introversion while managing to make both introverts and extroverts feel there’s nothing wrong with who they are. QUIETis a fascinating, easy-to-read book on a topic we can no longer afford to overlook.”Shelf Awareness
“Susan Cain, a former Wall Street lawyer, has given the introvert movement a charismatic, articulate face.”The Brisbane Times
“Marvellous. The most important book published for a decade.”Lynne Truss, Sunday Telegraph
“I can’t get Quiet out of my head. It is an important book – so persuasive and timely and heartfelt it should inevitably effect change in schools and offices.”  - Jon Ronson, The Guardian
“Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain’s central thesis is fresh and important … perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm.”  - Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday London Times
“Susan Cain’s Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen.” - Megan Walsh, The London Times
“Re-reading Susan Cain’s masterpiece book QUIET. If you take it seriously, it could transform your project team or entire company/agency.”- Tom Peters, author of “In Search of Excellence”

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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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