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Chapter 2. Human Relations Can Make or B... > Is a Quiet Person Handicapped When I...

Is a Quiet Person Handicapped When It Comes to Human Relations?

Sometimes. People who tend to be quiet need to make a special effort, especially at the beginning of a new venture. It is difficult to build good relationships with strangers if you back away and refuse to give them a chance to know you.

People who are very quiet or self-sufficient sometimes forget that their silence may be interpreted as aloofness, indifference, or even hostility. To avoid misinterpretation, you should learn to communicate frequently and openly with the people with whom you work. However, it should be encouraging for you to know that many quiet people become highly skilled at human relations later on. The same sensitivity that makes them reserved and reticent also makes them more aware of others’ needs.


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