Quiet Impact. Quiet Revolution

WP_20150809_17_25_20_ProWritten by Sylvia Loehken, Quiet impact is a handbook for introverts.  As a good book with a little wisdom, Quiet Impact increases readers’ awareness about their strengths and challenges. Consisting of 3 main parts, and 9 chapters, Quiet Impact reveals hidden treasure together with obstacles’ introverts. Simply written, it guides how to have a happy private life and successful professionally. With examples in different occasions, many advice are given, ranging from how to establish and cultivate contacts to how to speak in meetings, in public and in negotiations.
Although it is a book for introverts, extroversion is also highlighted in the book. It is persuasively written with interesting points related to comfort zone, Carl Jung’s theory, as well as Yin &Yang.
Unlike Freud, C.Jung believes that introversion and extroversion can complement each other to broaden outlook and perspective despite of contrasts. One will be able to do things that the other finds difficult. Like man vs women, or like Yin & Yang, dark side and white side complete the whole thing. Although differences between extrovert and introvert might be a threat, causing challenges,  they can enrich the relation  between them.

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The very first part of the book concentrates on describing typical introverts and extroverts. According to the book, extroverts are known as joyful, excited, exuberant, or even euphoric and tend to take risks. They are comfortable with external perspective. They need more stimulus from outside world because contacting with others is how they generate. Therefore, outward calm is a challenge for extroverts and it is hard to “stimulate themselves internally to the same level of intensity”. If stimulation with outside world is lack, they are quickly to become restless.

On the other hand, introverts recharge their batteries via peace and quiet. They need time to reflect and check observations against what is happening in their minds and outside world. They are cautious. They tell what makes them tick, what is important or enthusiastic to them, and what they are concerned about to only a few people. When communicating, they prefer deep, profound and meaningful to broad conversation. Thinking before act, they tend to check whether the information they give is important, relevant, and fitting or not. Trying to deal with others gently and to avoid conflicts, they also put themselves in listeners’ position before responding. Thus, it is no surprise to know 10 valuable strengths of introverts: caution, substance, concentration, listening, calm, analytical thinking, independence, tenacity, writing( rather than speaking), and empathy. In the corresponding those strengths, introverts obstacles are also listed and analyzed.

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 Fear, too much attention to detail, over-stimulation, passivity, escape, being unduly cerebral, self-deception, fixation, avoiding contact and avoiding conflict are issues that introverts need to overcome. What I found it appreciate is that the author does not push introverts to change, but she lets readers be aware of the challenges and gives proper strategies to confront those difficulties.

Part 2 and part 3 focus on  shaping private space and workplace together with making your presence felt and listened to. Then, the book ends with one special part: the prospects for a fulfilling life as an introvert. Sometimes, it’s worth living out the coolness of being quiet and behaving like an extrovert. As an introvert, I found her call-to-action message so powerful 🙂

Find strength in calm and be a quiet ambassador.

Just because you are different, there is nothing wrong with you. As it is true to say the world needs you,

Go out there and make an impact

Quietly

and Intensively

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