- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Canada (April 19 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143191241
- ISBN-13: 978-0143191247
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 20.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 299 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Quiet Power Paperback – Apr 19 2017
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PRAISE FOR Quiet Power:
"For kids who want to roar--on the inside." --Booklist
"Humorous drawings throughout the text add a whimsical and light touch perfect for the intended audience . . . Many will find value in this title that emphasizes that being an introvert is not a blemish on one's personality but a benefit. An excellent addition." --School Library Journal
"[Quiet Power] speaks to you as a whole person. . . . This is a book for both extroverts and introverts who seek to understand each other and bring out the best in everyone." --Your Workplace
PRAISE FOR Quiet:
"A rich, intelligent book." --Wall Street Journal
"An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike." --Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
SUSAN CAIN is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School who worked as a corporate lawyer before deciding to write Quiet and then devote herself to the cause of empowering introverts. Her book has been a New York Times Bestseller for well over a year, has won numerous awards and been translated into over 35 languages. Susan lives with her husband and two children on the banks of the Hudson River in New York.
Read more about her, and join hte Quiet Revolution community, at quietrev.com.
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I, of course, enjoyed reading Susan Cain's first book, Quiet, but I love that she decided to write another book aimed at a younger audience. I know my childhood experience of being shamed for being "too quiet" isn't unique. And the judgments you absorb as a child stay with you--sometimes for a lifetime, unfortunately. As a kid, I think I would have given anything to hear someone say that it was okay to, well, be me. And that is what this book gives: acceptance. There is no extrovert-bashing in here (quite the opposite, actually), but the book IS a gentle celebration of all people who prefer to approach life in a slightly more calm and deliberate way.
Quiet Power is divided into four sections: School, Socializing, Hobbies, and Home. Each section has several chapters, all pertaining to the main subject of the section. Cain gives a lot of good, practical advice, but she's never pushy or judgmental. Some of my favorite takeaways from this book:
(*) Introverts are good listeners, and they are very focused. This tends to make them good leaders.
(*) Find tactics that help you reduce social anxiety: speak up first; speak up last; or sit up front so you don't have to see others watching you.
(*) Pursue causes you are passionate about, since passion tends to override fear.
(*) It's okay to build your alliances slowly and steadily.
(*) You don't grow out of being shy, you grow into it.
(*) Stretch yourself beyond your comfort zone, but only so far; on a scale of 1 - 10, your anxiety level should be around 5 - 6.
(*) If your kid loves school, but tends to come home and immediately have a meltdown, it might be because she is exhausted by being "on" for the past several hours. Make sure your kid has time to unwind and recharge after big activities. (Um, this was life-changing for our household.)
One of the best things about this book is that all this advice isn't delivered via a lecture; it's demonstrated through personal stories. Most of the stories come from introverted kids (in middle school through college), but there are some stories from famous adults, as well (e.g., Gandhi, Beyonce, Steve Wozniak, Bill Gates, Eleanor Roosevelt, etc.). All of these people experience different levels of introversion. Some are straight up loners; others become class president. There is a lot of variety, which means just about any introvert is going to be able to read this book and find something useful.
Ultimately, Quiet Power is a practical and uplifting resource for introverted kids--and I think it's a helpful book for adults, too, whether you are introverted or not. It can be so hurtful to not be accepted as a kid, and I think it is worthwhile for adults to understand that quiet kids aren't weird or broken. They have their own unique way of experiencing the world and expressing themselves, but they add so much to the conversation. We just need to close our mouths, open our ears, and listen.
Extroverts have overrun our culture and are celebrated in everything. Many of the quiet pursuits are presented as 'odd' or 'unworthy' or 'not fun'. This book gives introverted kids validation, hope and strategies to survive the very overwhelmingly noisy world. Because introverts process EVERYTHING and the constant empty chatter of daily life is exhausting to them. They are deep thinkers who cannot survive the surface noise of daily life - they need quiet and calm to re-energise and process their thoughts.
They don't need to go to a party with rooms of loud, excited people; their party is constantly in their heads. They need to be able to live their lives their way, free of the extroverts constantly trying to drag them along on noisy extroverted lives.
Give them this book; let them make their own worlds.
Note: this is the kids/teens version of the author's adult non-fiction book called "Quiet".