Our world prizes extroverts — but Susan Cain makes a case for the contemplative. She's leading a social revolution that's showing millions that looking inward is a virtue, not a problem.

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Susan Cain is the "Chief Revolutionary" of the Quiet Revolution -- a growing movement championing introversion, spurred on by Cain's viral 2012 TED Talk, "The power of introverts." Her talk has been viewed more than 20 million times, making it one of the most popular of all time.

Cain is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverted Kids, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can't Stop Talking, which is in its seventh year on the New York Times bestseller list, and was named the best book of 2012 by Fast Company. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

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