Are you aware that shyness seems to be increasing in modern society? Besides the fact that surveys, at least in North America, show the number of people who perceive themselves to be shy increasing (it's usually over 50% now), in sociologist Eric Klinenberg's 2012 bestselling book, Going Solo - The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of … Continue reading Shyness Re-emerging
I must admit that my perspective on shyness is different than most. It's the perspective of a loner. During my life I've often been called shy, sensitive, or introverted. But several people, at different times, have also told me that I was the most independent person they'd ever met. Well, that strong independence is genetic. … Continue reading What does a Loner know about Shyness?
In my book, The Shyness Guide, I say that if you learn to accept your shyness you become less shy. It's true. When you're no longer concerned about being shy, you no longer suffer anxiety, so it's easier to talk to people. Simple as that. But that isn't all you gain from accepting your shyness. Once the … Continue reading Shy Confidence
In the Jan/Feb 20014 edition of Atlantic, an article by journalist Scott Stossel told about his life-long debilitating anxiety, and discussed the nature of anxiety. Look at this excerpt: Is pathological anxiety a medical illness, as Hippocrates and Aristotle and many modern psychopharmacologists would have it? Or is it a philosophical problem, as Plato and Spinoza … Continue reading What is Anxiety?
When he was a boy and was sent away to boarding school, the famous Clive Staples Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, etc.) was miserable. Realizing that he was too shy for it, his father took him out of the school. He sent him to live in the country with a private tutor, Willam T. Kirkpatrick. Lewis … Continue reading A Shyness Rescue – the Narnian
Although I'm located in North America, my books sell more copies in the United Kingdom than in the rest of the world put together. When I set up my first website in 2006, I quickly noticed that visits to the site were disproportionately from the UK. Despite the disparity in population between North America and … Continue reading Shyness in the UK |Why do my books sell more there?
When I was writing my novel The Birdcatcher, a book that is, to some extent, an exposé of much that goes on in the North American world of personal injury claims, I began searching for a pen name that would allow me to keep a low profile and remain employed in that business. I tried different names, … Continue reading Who is Alan Conrad?
Because the Kindle ebook is going to be delayed, I have made up a 77 page PDF (from the 289 pages of the new book) that you can download free. This is not an abridgement, but it is much more than the usual sampling you get on books for sale. Read it and you'll come … Continue reading The Shyness Guide – free PDF excerpt
Now that I've published the new edition of The Shyness Guide (the paperback anyway), it's time to do my first real post for this blog. On the book's landing page here, I've explained my credentials for writing the book. But why, you may ask, did I feel a need to write another shyness book when there are … Continue reading Why did I write The Shyness Guide?