Shrinking Violets: The Secret Life of Shyness

September 16, 2017 - Comment

A deeply perceptive and beautifully written cultural history of shyness, from one of our most astute observers of the everyday Shyness is a pervasive human trait: even most extroverts know what it is like to stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group or flush with embarrassment at being the unwelcome center of attention.

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A deeply perceptive and beautifully written cultural history of shyness, from one of our most astute observers of the everyday

Shyness is a pervasive human trait: even most extroverts know what it is like to stand tongue-tied at the fringe of an unfamiliar group or flush with embarrassment at being the unwelcome center of attention. And yet the cultural history of shyness has remained largely unwritten—until now.
 
With incisiveness, passion, and humor, Joe Moran offers an eclectic and original exploration of what it means to be a “shrinking violet.” Along the way, he provides a collective biography of shyness through portraits of such shy individuals as Charles Darwin, Charles Schulz, Garrison Keillor, and Agatha Christie, among many others. In their stories often both heartbreaking and inspiring and through the myriad ways scientists and thinkers have tried to explain and “cure” shyness, Moran finds hope. To be shy, he decides, is not simply a burden; it is also a gift, a different way of seeing the world that can be both enriching and inspiring.

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Comments

kcar says:

Good book I found this a fun book to read. It is full of anecdotes and historical tidbits. The author conflates shyness, social anxiety, depression, melancholy, etc. But why not? Are these separate and discrete or are they on a continuum or mixed up in a pudding? The book is a thoroughly enjoyable page-turner. The author has true command of language and writes elegant, accessible, flowing and coherent sentences, paragraphs, and chapters. It’s a fun book even when Moran describes tragic characters. The…

John Pratt says:

Disappointing I was disappointed by this book. However, if you are fascinated by eccentrics, British â??aristocratsâ? and celebrities you may enjoy it more than I did. For the greater part of the book is taken up with anecdotal accounts of such characters and their shyness 

Amazon Customer says:

Five Stars Very interesting book. I have been called shy all my life so its insights are applicable to me.

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