Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (英語) ペーパーバック – 2013/1/3
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Quiet by Susan Cain will change how you think about introverts forever
A Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller
Our lives are driven by a fact that most of us can't name and don't understand. It defines who our friends and lovers are, which careers we choose, and whether we blush when we're embarrassed.
That fact is whether we're an introvert or an extrovert.
The introvert/extrovert divide is the most fundamental dimension of personality. And at least a third of us are on the introverted side. Some of the world's most talented people are introverts. Without them we wouldn't have the Apple computer, the theory of relativity and Van Gogh's sunflowers.
Yet extroverts have taken over. Shyness, sensitivity and seriousness are often seen as being negative. Introverts feel reproached for being the way they are.
In Quiet, Susan Cain shows how the brain chemistry of introverts and extroverts differs, and how society misunderstands and undervalues introverts. She gives introverts the tools to better understand themselves and take full advantage of their strengths.
Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with real stories, Quiet will permanently change how we see introverts - and how you see yourself.
'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
'Susan Cain's Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen' Megan Walsh, The Times
'Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm' Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday Times
Susan Cain is the owner of The Negotiation Company, a firm that trains people in negotiation and communication skills. Her clients include Merrill Lynch, Standard & Poor, University of Chicago Business School and many of the US's most powerful law firms. She previously practiced corporate law for seven years with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. She lives in New York with her husband and two sons. www.ThePowerOfIntroverts.com
Marvellous. The most important book published for a decade (Lynne Truss Sunday Telegraph)
Quiet is a very timely book, and Cain's central thesis is fresh and important. Maybe the extrovert ideal is no longer as powerful as it was; perhaps it is time we all stopped to listen to the still, small voice of calm (Daisy Goodwin The Sunday Times)
Susan Cain's Quiet has sparked a quiet revolution. In our booming culture, hers is a still, small voice that punches above its weight. Perhaps rather than sitting back and asking people to speak up, managers and company leaders might lean forward and listen (Megan Walsh The Times)
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)
A startling, important, and readable page-turner (Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth)
I know that feels. I was formerly a quiet, nerd, pessimistic, stoic introvert and because of that my former classmates in another country belittled me, doesn't approach me/befriended me because they think that I am too quiet, serious and emotionless for them to handle. Even before I already like black fashions and listening to rock musics because that is my escape. Listening to it puts me at ease. I wished I've known and read this before when I was still on my darkest days. I spend my everyday life: not minding them and just observe their attitude infront and behind my back and tolerate my judge mental classmates. I admit that I am not a friendly type but despite of that: I found people who accept me for who I am. My best friend and friends. Then after I graduate h.s. then I moved here, I like the warm and comfortable friendly environment here started take the courage to step outside my comfort zone. Now I am in between, and I feel much more free, happy and I can express myself much more comfortable right now unlike before. Many introverts like us, are being judged by others because they don't know our true capability and our existence may be small but no matter what happened don't let them affect you. You are who you are.
著者自身がハーバード・ロースクール出身の才媛であるため、賛辞のコメントにもあるように beautifully written な英文ですが、その分難易度は高いように思われました。
一般向けの心理学やビジネス指南書によくあるようにいろいろな人物を例に引いて、わかりやすくintroverts の格闘ぶりを伝えたり、『理想の人物』像の歴史的変容や、ユングやエリクソン等、心理学者の論の引用など、実に多彩な描写ぶりで、最終的に目指しているのは、introverts にとって障害となりそうな（アメリカの）社会的心理的抑圧の排除なのだろうという印象を持ちました。