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Shrinking violets : the secret life of shyness / Joe Moran.

Moran, Joe, 1970- (Author).


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. Yet the cultural history of shyness has remained largely unwritten - until now. Wiuth 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 individual 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. -- from dust jacket.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780300222821
  • ISBN: 0300222823
  • ISBN: 9780300234596
  • Physical Description: 272 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2017.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"First published in the English language in a different form by Profile Books."--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-254) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A tentative history -- This odd state of mind -- How embarrassing -- Tongue-tied -- Stage fright -- Shy art -- The war against shyness -- The new ice age.
Subject: Bashfulness.
Bashfulness > Social aspects.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library BF 575 .B3 M67 2017 30775305533946 General Collection Available -

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