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The Power Of Quiet

I apologize if this is a little off topic today. I don’t normally post about nonfiction here at 101 Books. But as an introvert, I find this both fascinating and encouraging.

Susan Cain is a nonfiction author who wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I haven’t read it, but from what I understand she outlines what it’s like for an introvert to live in a world built around extroverts.

I love these types of animated videos, and I find this one especially effective. You might also remember the short animated video of The Old Man and the Sea in this style.

Anyway, this voiceover comes from Cain’s Ted Talk about the book. RSA took that audio and put it over an awesome little animated feature.

If you are an introvert, or if you know an introvert, definitely take the three minutes to watch this video.

And if you’ve read Quiet, let me know what you think!

[Source: RSA Shorts]

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  1. Reblogged this on The artist in 6a and commented:
    Lovely moving illustration!

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    July 29, 2013
  2. anasousa #

    Reblogged this on Anglophone Englis Courses and commented:
    Food for thought.
    And another book added to my reading list: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.

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    July 29, 2013
  3. Ha! It seems that you and I are even interested in similar non-fiction books too!
    I am currently reading Quiet at the moment. I am about half way through, and it is excellent.
    Very insightful and very well written.

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    July 29, 2013
  4. I just finished reading Cain’s book, and it was outstandingly helpful. I highly recommend it to introverts and extroverts both so that we may understand one another better.

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    July 29, 2013
  5. I’m reading ‘quiet’ right now and love it!!!!
    Great blog!
    I’m wondering: Do book lovers necessarily have to be book collectors?
    I tried to get rid of my books and failed miserably
    (http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/2013/07/you-get-to-decide-what-to-worship-iv.html).
    What do you think?

    Love from Germany,
    Bambi

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    July 29, 2013
  6. Thank you for the video. I don’t know what type I am. But I think the video helped me see the good and bad sides of those characteristics. And I also believe that sometimes we need to be quiet to listen carefully and sometimes we need to speak up for certain things.

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    July 29, 2013
  7. You have me intrigued, by both the animation and the book. Another one to think about when the book-buying ban is over next year!

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    July 29, 2013
  8. Quiet has been on my “to read” list for a long time now – thanks for sharing this video!

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    July 29, 2013
  9. I need to add that to my list for sure. My husband is an introvert and I’d love any insight into his brain.

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    July 29, 2013
  10. Thank you for sharing this video. I’ve passed along the link to almost every introvert I know, and some extroverts. Haven’t read “Quiet” yet, but now it’s on my To Read list. Again, thanks.

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    July 29, 2013
  11. I haven’t read this book but I read a review of it and meant to put it on my reading list. Thanks for the reminder!

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    July 29, 2013
  12. I read Quiet a few months ago while contemplating a personal project — attempting daily, as an introvert, to approach strangers and strike up conversations — something which is terrifying to me. While I still plan to do something along those lines, Quiet was a great reminder that introverts always have an important way of looking at the world and have and can make exceptional contributions to society and business. It made me proud to be an introvert — I’ve never really been ashamed of it, but now better understand how it is a gift. Hope you read it and feel the same!

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    July 29, 2013
  13. I can’t decide whether having qualities of an introvert and an extrovert is a blessing or a burden. Some days I wake and can do whatever the hell I like, and others I find the very thought of socialising terrifying!
    I’ll definitely be sure to check out Quiet, sounds very interesting, thanks!

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    July 29, 2013
  14. Reblogged this on Wanderlust.

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    July 30, 2013
  15. Reblogged this on Adithya Entertainment.

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    July 30, 2013
  16. I love this book! I’ve recommended it over and over. Thank you for the post.

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    July 30, 2013
  17. I read it and I loved it. Introverts and extroverts alike could benefit from the insight it offers.

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    July 30, 2013
  18. This is so true. I’ve never thought about it in this way, always assuming that introvert was the lower end of a spectrum and extrovert was the other end that we were all trying to get to. The self-help books mentioned in the video may have something to do with it. I, myself, am an introvert who has trained myself to be an extrovert in public occasions, so I could “succeed” in life. I will now remember it is the power of the extrovert and introvert that makes a dream work.

    http://www.destinycalls2193.wordpress.com

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    July 30, 2013
  19. iporcupine #

    My mom keeps telling me I need to read this book. She said it is a life changing book for introverts that have felt all their life like something is wrong with them. Haven’t read it yet, but the video short is adorable and makes me want to put it on my reading list.

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    July 30, 2013
  20. sylviemarieheroux #

    I love this book… I have often received feedback from extroverts that I did not always come across to people “the right way”, meaning in an extroverted way! Yes, I believe I can be anything I want to be, in an introverted way. I am a trainer, who can be very shy, but also finds the job thrilling on good days. And I used to be terrified of speaking in front of groups.

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    July 30, 2013
  21. I haven’t read the book, but it’s been on my wishlist since I discovered Susan’s website a few months ago.

    I’ve known all my life that I’m an introvert, but only recently discovered some blogs and website dedicated to introverts and they help me realize there’s nothing wrong with introverts. We’re just different from extroverts!

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    July 31, 2013
  22. I mentioned this book on my blog post about “Introverts and Extroverts” on May 11, 2013.

    When Susan Cain lectured locally, some of her remarks didn’t sit well with me. She did mention that we can find ourselves exhibiting different social behaviors in differing environments. BUT, is it so black and white that we (and our children!) can mostly be classified as an introvert or extrovert?

    NOT SO, if you look into the research begun in the 1920s about “ambiverts!”

    Some of us are extreme introverts. Some of us are extreme extroverts. However, here’s the best part: the majority of us are ambiverts! Ambiverts can exhibit the characteristics of both personality types. They may find themselves to be the life of a dinner party one day and the next need to spend time alone at the beach reading.

    I am probably one of the few people out there who didn’t appreciate her book. I honestly believe that she found an unfilled-niche for a popular subject about which she was able to write a bestseller.

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    July 31, 2013
  23. I like the title a lot, it captures many people attention.

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    August 6, 2013
  24. talesofafox #

    I completely agree. I’ve always been a pretty chatty person but actually, you learn more sometimes by keeping your mouth shut! How are you meant to learn from others, if you’re only ever giving your ideas? It’s good to speak up, but sometimes being quiet is just as important.

    In fact, I find introverts can be the most interesting and thoughtful people out there!

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    August 9, 2013

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