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Shrinking Violets and Caspar Milquetoasts: Shyness, Power, and Intimacy in the United States, 1950-1995
Since World War II Americans attitudes towards shyness have changed. The women s movement and the sexual revolution raised questions about communication, self-expression, intimacy, and personality, leading to new concerns about shyness. At the same time, the growth of psychotherapy and the mental health industry brought shyness to the attention of professionals who began t ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by New York University Press
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Examines how Americans' views of shyness have evolved throughout recent decades, particularly in relation to gender. The 1950s view of shyness as a womanly virtue differs greatly from modern views. As a woman who is frequently described as "painfully shy" I am all too aware of the negative impact this personality trait has on my life. In fact, the mental health industry considers my shyness a "disorder" commonly known as Social Anxiety Disorder or Social Phobia. I struggle all the time with the ...more