Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking SUSAN CAIN

  • November 28, 2013 · 6:30 PM
  • Toronto Reference Library


"At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who invent and create but prefer not to pitch their own ideas; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts 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 the indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. Susan Cain charts the rise of "the extrovert ideal" over the twentieth century and explores its far-reaching effects--how it helps to determine everything from how parishioners worship to who excels at Harvard Business School. And she draws on cutting-edge research on the biology and psychology of temperament to reveal how introverts can modulate their personalities according to circumstance, how to empower an introverted child, and how companies can harness the natural talents of introverts. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves."

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  • ML

    Like your comment Bill, well put!

    November 30, 2013

  • Kira

    Sorry I couldn't make it guys. I'm still reading and discovering more about myself as I do!

    November 30, 2013

  • Dr. Brian H. G.

    so Sorry I missed it.

    November 30, 2013

  • Bill

    The 'Big Idea' for me was that 'introversion is your friend, make friends with it'.

    1 · November 30, 2013

  • Jennifer M.

    I'm not going to make it folks! It was a great read - especially interesting to look at the shift in admiration of personality over character. Enjoy the chat. See you at the next one :)

    November 28, 2013

  • Dayna

    I only joined last week and unfortunately didn't get too far into the book, so I won't be attending tonight. Looking forward to January though!

    November 28, 2013

  • donna

    Unfortunately I am no longer able to attend the discussion this evening.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    First time attending meetup on this website, excited and looking forward :)

    November 27, 2013

  • Dr. Brian H. G.

    Far From the Tree-----This book is astounding and necessary. Why?It asks about the families of criminals, the "mentally ill" etc etc. In othe words it reminds us that so called evil, deviant, and criminal people have mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers-etc, and asks how the families of these people deal with the possible stigma involved

    November 19, 2013

  • Clodagh

    I'm sorry, I can no longer attend. Hope to make another event in the near future.

    November 18, 2013

  • Bill

    Rosa Parks (INTRODUCTION, pp.1,2.. ; Ch. 2 pp. 58-60) was great! She's my new hero! I want to read her autobiography.

    October 28, 2013

  • ann e.

    Hope my hold at the library comes through in time! This looks fascinating.

    October 8, 2013

  • Temwachi

    I've been meaning to read this book, so glad it was chosen!

    October 5, 2013

  • RK

    Just a reminder that the actual poll for November's book closes tomorrow (as announced in the email to all members last week) and only 7 people have voted so far.

    October 2, 2013

    • RK

      Hi Vanessa, scroll over More and click Polls from the dropdown menu above. This applies for all meetup polls. You can also find this info by going to 'help' and searching on 'poll'. I made a mistake in yesterday's post -- the poll closes Friday.

      October 3, 2013

    • Vanessa

      Thank you and I have added my vote. :)

      October 4, 2013

  • Tara C.

    Absolutely love John Valliant's "The Golden Spruce" and "Tiger"... excellent social anthropology with an eye to the relationship between man and nature! Very well written.

    October 2, 2013

  • Gabriella B.

    Awaken the Giant Within? or Think & Grow Rich?

    October 1, 2013

  • Alan Y.

    I looked through the message board. The following stood out:

    The Master and His Emmissary sounds interesting (Right brain vs Left Brain preceptions of the world)

    Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu...

    But I am open minded, there were many good choices.

    Maybe a current book assessing the turmoil in the middle east would be interesting. There was a book discussed on the CBC,
    'Lawerence in Arabia'. According to the author, the middle east saw major activity during World War 1, although it is not much discussed on the media or even on TV, and Lawerence of Arabia was a very significant character. To be frank, I never watched any of those Lawerence of Arabia movies... no tanks in battles ;)

    October 1, 2013

    • RK

      "Why Nations Fail" was on the September poll. I read good things about it, but perhaps it got only around 50% of the vote because it's over 500 pages. Master and His Emissary -- video at TVO Big Ideas: http://ww3.tvo.org/vi...­

      October 1, 2013

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