How Shyness and Introversion can be a Strength
Are shyness and introversion cultural or innate, and do they help or hinder us negotiate today’s world? With Louis Schmidt, Sanna Balsari-Palsule and Joe Moran.
Shyness and introversion are both very common human characteristics, but why do they have so many different guises? Rajan Datar asks the developmental psychologist Louis Schmidt, the behavioural scientist Sanna Balsari-Palsule and the cultural historian Joe Moran.
(Photo: A lady hides behind a fan. Credit: Shan Pillay)
Joe Moran is Professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. He explores the hidden world of shyness, how shy people have been affected by technology and social media, and asks why so many artists and actors tend to be shy. He also questions whether shyness should always be something to be overcome. Joe Moran’s latest book is Shrinking Violets: A field guide to Shyness.