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Your Book
on: Jan 13, 2012, 12:23am

I recently started a blog about everyday life as an introvert called The Quiet One (, and when one of my friends who works for Random House discovered it she immediately sent me an advance readers' copy of your new book, Quiet. I'm more than halfway through it now and I just wanted to let you know that I'm finding it a fascinating read. Having so many concrete examples of inspirational introverts in one place — along with scientific evidence that introverts are not "freaks" — makes me feel so much more connected to my world. I just wanted to say thank you and let you know that I'll definitely be plugging your book on my blog once I'm finished!

Marisa F.

Commack, NY

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Re: Your Book
on: Jan 23, 2012, 8:15pm

I pre-ordered the book from for my Kindle. I'll start checking for it after midnight. I predict that I won't get a lot of sleep tonight.

I’m a former teacher, librarian, and research associate.

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Re: Your Book
on: Jan 24, 2012, 3:23pm

Pre-ordered your book through iBooks a couple of weeks ago. Just finished the introduction and I got chills at how well you described my life to this point. I've been successful in retail for the last 30 years as a grocery store manager and have been described as someone "who just quietly gets things done." Of course I'm also told I'm too quiet and need to smile more.

My parents have told me that when they took me to the circus as a child that I showed almost no emotion. I've had friends and supervisors offer to help me "come out of my shell."

I'm on vacation from work this week and am excited to be able to read the rest of your book (in between painting our bedroom - by myself of course). It feels liberating to have not only acceptance for being an introvert but justification as well. Thank you for writing it and I hope it is hugely successful for you. Can't wait to see further reaction from others on this forum and the public.

Best wishes,


Quietly thriving in retail for over 30 years. Married to a wonderful, out-going extrovert. Four kids who are a blend of both.

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Re: Your Book
on: Jan 27, 2012, 7:41pm

Being lucky, living in Germany I happened to read your book a few month ago.

Everybody described me as strange as long as I can remember. So I became the perfect pretend-extravert - aren't we perfect in doing things perfectly? But I was suffering - As hard as I tried to be like the others - I never was. So I considered myself being strange, too.

While reading your book, I had to hide at home - normally I like to read in one of the Cafes in the neighbourhood - litterally rivers of tears ran down my cheeks cause you described my life und I realized: I'm not strange, I'm just an Introvert!!!

Now I don't have to feel bad anymore, when I need a break, time for myself and I'm able to explain it to others.

This definitely is the start of a different life!

50 year old lawyer, mediator
2 kids
living in the south of Germany (Bavaria -> Franconia)

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Re: Your Book
on: Jan 28, 2012, 7:15pm

Purchased from Goggle market. Looking forward to reading the power Introverts can have and how loud we can be by being quiet. Looking forward to reading post on the topic.

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Re: Your Book
on: Feb 11, 2012, 3:00pm

Susan, it was serendipity in action as I spotted your book (and especially its intriguing title) on Amazon something like 10 days ago. I immediately made a beeline to and made an order. I am so looking forward to reading your book!

I remember going through the other side of the fence during my childhood years…I was so extroverted and talked none-stop! However, by the time I went to high school my pendulum had swung to the other side…and stayed there, that's for sure.

I have only a small circle of friends (and an even smaller group from that that I can really count on), I don't like partying, and after my recent divorce I've become even more closeted. I'm just loving the introvert label!

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Re: Your Book
on: Feb 12, 2012, 8:15pm

Rockin book cover Susan. Drawn to the huge Q…then the 'Quiet'. Ahhhhh. Then the amusing 'world that can't stop talking'. I'm consuming every refreshingly honest, eyes wide open page…Read 120 pages before I knew it. Am using this as a superb self-teaching instrument, underlinging on nearly ever page, taking notes. Orchid children…thank you for such nuanced descriptions and help demystifying the inner life of 'thinkers/intense experiencers'. Nice to see Elaine Aron's blurb too! LOVE your manifesto! This site is indeed a happy place to come across.

It is ok to find oneself drawn to long-term projects that require deep thinking, innovative thinking, creative persistence? Who knew? As a science illustrator at a high energy physics particle accelerator, my intent listening and questioning of the scientists who needed my expertise was a huge boon. We were all on this vastly mysterious quest to 'understand', my part being the computer graphics. Nuances are incredibly important to me and require quiet time to let the mind open, hit the zone,take off! Very organic style of learning is a requirement in innovative endeavors. Wish I'd had your book years ago, when I was creating from an intensely innner world on the job while also taking on a 2 year large conference chair position to create a 7 day experience for other science artists..from thin air.

Again, your writing style is so openly helpful, deeply engaging, nary a whif of boring cheerleaer p.c. pap. You absolutely are 'the definer of a new and valuable paradigm'. WOW!

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Re: Your Book
on: Feb 23, 2012, 11:35pm

I have never posted on an author's blog before, but I wanted to say thanks for writing this book. I am halfway through the book, but already have to say that reading this is like having someone explain me to me. I recognize myself so much in these pages-it is as if you have been following me around and reading my mind. And it makes me so happy to hear the science behind it and to realize that things I thought were just personal quirks and limitations are actually strengths and I should not feel like I have to conform to the extroverted ideal. Great stuff.

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Re: Your Book
on: Feb 24, 2012, 2:57am


Like all the other introverts are saying, an absolutely fabulous book that very well describes a lot of us! I rarely read anything other than research papers, but after my 70 something mom sent me a copy of your book, i started reading it right away. I finished it last night. Thanks for your research on this subject and for your book! Cheers!

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Re: Your Book
on: Feb 24, 2012, 11:55am

I purchased the audiobook from It was beautifully read but now I must buy the hardcover book to reread and keep as a reference!

After reading your book, I learned that I have characteristics of both introversion and extroversion (75% introvert) and I am much more accepting of these qualities. Thanks for writing the book.

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