I think that often shyness is greatly misunderstood. I am painfully shy, afraid to have attention focused on me, afraid to make a mistake.So often, others read this as snobbishness or disinterest. Even when this is so far from the truth.

I always knew and accepted that I was shy. It never occurred to me that it was neither normal nor desirable. I read some sort of etiquette book which said something along the lines of ‘If you are shy, you must do everything you can to overcome this terrible condition.’

Terrible condition? Really?

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2 thoughts on “Shyness

  1. Ah Nat Mac, I am shy too. This meant I was less popular in high school (but pretty good buds with a bunch of other shy misfits 😉 and lacked the social graces to even date until after I graduated hs. I am ashamed to admit that I had graduated hs before ever being kissed by a guy. I just always felt like an ugly duckling and that someone less ugly ducklingish than I would always get the guy and that I never stood a chance. Didn’t help that when I did have the guts to ask a guy out, they tended to give me the “let’s just be friends” schtick. Sometimes it can be a terrible thing. Can we give it a scientific name so it becomes a disorder? Then we can be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ;P

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