Quiet

by Susan Cain

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Project by Parth Patel and Brandon Boje

Themes

1) Introversion, even in today's society, has importance and continues to influence humanity.


Cain calls upon numerous historical figures, such as Mahatma Gandhi or Rosa Parks, who utilize their introversion to rally support and advance society. Today, as Cain explains, society emphasizes extroversion in order to "make a difference," but she then goes on to say that this view is not shared in most Eastern mentalities, which has had a profound effect on the fundamental intricacies of their society.


2) Much of the business world values an extroverted mind much more than an introverted mind, and so it attempts to force people to fit this mold. The book argues that this crushes many ideas that can benefit the workplace, and overall leads to poorer work.


Cain, near the beginning of Quiet, attends a seminar by a business icon, Tony Robbins, in which he boasts the benefits of being extroverted in his field of work and in life. However, Cain later explores the differences of introversion and extroversion in the business environment; analysis from a study concluding that extrovert leaders work best with introvert subordinates and vice versa. However, the study also showed that introvert leaders, with favorable underlings, could achieve more than the extroverts in their optimal conditions.

Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Here is a TED Talk by Susan Cain. It summarizes Quiet and the important themes pertaining to introversion in The Extrovert Ideal.
Susan Cain: The power of introverts

Important Quotes

"But nowadays we tend to think that becoming more extroverted not only makes us more successful, but makes is better people." - 42


"Our inborn temperaments influence us, regardless of the lives we lead." - 117


"...Each way of being-quiet and talkative, careful and audacious, inhibited and unrestrained-is a characteristic of its own mighty civilization." - 191

Historical Connection:

Cain references historical figures multiple times throughout the book; for example many leaders who were extroverted had introverts supporting them, fighting for the same cause. Examples are Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, also Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt.
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Works Cited

Quiet

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forbes.com

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wikipedia.org