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Let's discuss Quiet; The Power of Introverts... by Susan Cain

  • Jul 22, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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From the New York Times Book Review, "Too often denigrated and frequently overlooked in a society that’s held in thrall to an “Extrovert Ideal — the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight,” Cain’s introverts are overwhelmed by the social demands thrust upon them. They’re also underwhelmed by the example set by the voluble, socially successful go-getters in their midst who “speak without thinking.” Do you consider yourself an introvert? According to Cain, at least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. Many of the great contributions to society are made by introverts.

In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts–from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions.

Come share your own experiences and reactions to this provocative book, on Amazon's list of Best Books of 2012 (and many other such lists as well).

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  • John G.

    It was my first book discussion at Flyleaf, and I had a great time.

    July 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sad to miss this! I loved the book! Unfortunately, I was traveling out of town today and it doesn't look like I'll be back in time. Hopefully, I'll meet you all at the next one!

    July 22, 2013

  • Janna

    I hope to make it tonight but work project may run too late. Fascinating read...I'm clearly an extrovert.

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hoping to make it tonight!

    July 22, 2013

  • Rich

    liked the book but need to be in Greensboro Monday night... best, r

    July 21, 2013

  • Hank B.

    Too introverted to make a comment! :-) Actually, I'm in two other book clubs and barely have time to read for those. I'll attend when I can and when I've read the book to be discussed (or most of it).

    July 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, folks: I'd particularly like to come to this meeting, but am running into a couple of issues:
    1) All copies of the book seem to be checked out at all the local libraries. Unfortunately, I can't afford to buy a copy right now. Does anyone have ideas about how I might access the book?
    2) I will be able to get to Flyleaf without too much trouble, but my car is out of commission, and walking home to Carrboro after dark might not be the best idea. Might someone be willing and able to give me a lift?


    July 7, 2013

  • Evelyn D.

    Sorry to miss but I'm out of town.

    July 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    may not be in town.

    June 30, 2013

  • Janice B

    out of town

    June 19, 2013

  • Evelyn D.

    Jorge Cortese will be our discussion leader for this much-talked-about book. I hate the fact that I'll miss the discussion but I'll be thinking of all of you.

    June 17, 2013

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