The Progress Principle

Teresa Amabile

Creativity, Productivity, and the Psychology of Everyday Work Life


Quiet: A book that deserves a lot more noiseJanuary 16, 2012

From time to time, I’ll recommend to my readers interesting books I’ve read. Here’s my review of a new book that I found particularly compelling.

Susan Cain’s new book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has the power to change the way we think about ourselves, each other, and our world. Cain sheds new light on creativity and success by showing that, even in business, many acts of creation have sprung from solitude, not collaboration. As a card-carrying introvert in a workplace – Harvard Business School – that Cain aptly calls the “Spiritual Capital of Extroversion,” I recognized the daily challenges that “quiet people” face, as well as the value they can bring, to a world that prizes socializing and fast judgment. This quietly audacious book gives all of us – introverts and extroverts alike – tools that we need to be happier, more effective, and more appreciative of different ways of being.