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With some people, making friends is comparable to playing a strategic chess game. The normal meet-and-greet, sit and eat rules don’t apply until you pass the first barrier: shyness. Ever wondered why the shy, reserved kids in class were always the least popular? Perhaps even the most outcasted? The truth is, in the Western world, […]
In a previous article, I wrote about the anxiety and horror of being trapped in the mental prison of shyness. Shyness isn’t introversion, it’s the desire to be friendlier and outgoing, but at the same time lacking the confidence or courage to do so. As a former shy person, I didn’t realize at the time […]
Shyness is simply a human difference, a variation that can be a form of richness. ~ Marco Battaglia I used to dream of strutting into crowds and charming people with witty one-liners. And to some extent, I still do. In fact, it’s a common dream of many silent and forgotten shy people who dream of the […]
“1…2…3…4…”, and so it went, I’d count up to 20 in my head during conversations via web messengers in order not to appear too desperate with a prompt reply. It was horrible being self-consciously shy in conversations. Shy people know that the safest thing to say is nothing. It’s comforting. After the dreadful experience of […]