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Author Moran, Joe, 1970- author.

Title Shrinking Violets [electronic resource] : The Secret Life of Shyness / Joe Moran.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : Yale University Press (Ignition), [2017]


Description 1 online resource (281 pages)
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Summary The author of Armchair Nation and On Roads examines shyness in a"sparkling cultural history rang[ing]from Jane Austen to Silicon Valley" ( The Guardian ). 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. "Fantastic and involving . . [A] feat of empathy. Every page radiates understanding; every paragraph, its (shy) author's gentle wit." -- The Observer "Whether you're boldly outgoing or reticent and self-effacing, you'll find something to inspire, inform, or surprise in this thoughtful, beautifully written, and vividly detailed cultural history." -- Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of Quiet.
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Subject Bashfulness -- Social aspects.
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ISBN 9780300227956 (epub)
Standard No. 9780300227956

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