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Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How to Change the World in Quiet Ways

Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul: How to Change the World in Quiet Ways

A timely, delightfully readable, and much-needed book. --Booklist, starred review

Social justice work, we often assume, is raised voices and raised fists. It requires leading, advocating, fighting, and organizing wherever it takes place--in the streets, slums, villages, inner cities, halls of political power, and more. But what does social justice work look like for those of us who don't feel comfortable battling in the trenches?

Sensitive souls--including those who consider themselves highly emotional, empathic, or introverted--have much to contribute to bringing about a more just and equitable world. Such individuals are wise, thoughtful, and conscientious; they feel more deeply and see things that others don't. We need their contributions. Yet, sustaining justice work can be particularly challenging for the sensitive, and it requires a deep level of self-awareness, intentionality, and care.

In Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul, writer Dorcas Cheng-Tozun (Enneagram 4, INFJ, nonprofit/social enterprise professional, and multiple-burnout survivor) offers six possible pathways for sensitive types:

- Connectors: relational activists whose interactions and conversations build the social capital necessary for change

- Creatives: artists and creators whose work inspires, sheds light, makes connections, and brings issues into the public consciousness

- Record Keepers: archivists who preserve essential information and hold our collective memory and history

- Builders: inventors, programmers, and engineers who center empathy as they develop society-changing products and technologies

- Equippers: educators, mentors, and elders who build skills and knowledge within movements and shepherd the next generation of changemakers

- Researchers: data-driven individuals who utilize information as a persuasive tool to effect change and propose options for improvement

Alongside inspiring, real-life examples of highly sensitive world-changers, Cheng-Tozun expands the possibilities of how to have a positive social impact, affirming the particular gifts and talents that sensitive souls offer to a hurting world.

Dive deeper with the Social Justice for the Sensitive Soul reflection guide and grounding practices—perfect for book clubs or individual reflection.

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  • Publisher Broadleaf Books
  • Format Hardcover
  • ISBN 9781506483436
  • eBook ISBN 9781506483443
  • Dimensions 5.75 x 8.75
  • Pages 227
  • Publication Date June 20, 2023


This inspiring book is recommended for anyone interested in social justice and enacting positive change.

Library Journal

"Dorcas Cheng-Tozun's hopeful, practical book will equip highly sensitive people to work toward justice and social reform while still taking care of themselves."

BookPage, starred review

"Engaging writing that skillfully weaves compelling data, stories and encouragement of HSP activism makes for a timely, delightfully readable, and much-needed book."

Booklist, starred review

"This practical, energizing entry will prove a handy resource for the withdrawn."

Publishers Weekly