As a psychologist, I am frequently inspired by the resiliency people display in everyday life. Through the Internet and the power of social networking, I have met amazing people whose stories need to be told. Let me introduce you to Marla Genova, a woman who has worked hard to confront her own social anxiety, and ultimately, help others do the same.
I first learned about Marla upon reading about how she went to Disneyworld and wore a t-shirt that boldly stated: “ASK ME ABOUT MY SOCIAL ANXIETY.” I had to know more about someone who could confront her own anxiety with such boldness and humor! She agreed to share her story. To read more, click here.
Brittany at the beginning of The Shyness Project
I met Brittany last summer while “hanging out” on Susan Cain’s website, Quiet: The Power of Introverts. I noticed her thoughtful and insightful comments on many of the posts, and I decided to check out Brittany’s blog, The Shyness Project. Wow! I couldn’t believe this was the work of an 18-year-old. She had carefully designed a one-year-project (along the lines of, and inspired by Gretchen Rubin’s bestselling, The Happiness Project) to confront what she termed her crippling shyness. I sat there reading every entry with tears rolling down my face. Continue reading
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