Shy­ness is down­right rude

The Oldie - - ASK VIRGINIA -

Q You pro­pose tips for over­com­ing so­cial shy­ness (July is­sue). Such shy­ness can best be over­come by the suf­ferer frankly ac­cept­ing that it is a form of rude­ness – sug­ges­tive of a greater con­cern for one­self rather than in­ter­est in those with whom one is sup­posed to be in­ter­act­ing. An­thony Green­street, Cam­ber­ley

A Good idea. An­other method is to imag­ine fright­en­ing guests at the party as in­mates of a lu­natic asy­lum al­lowed out for the event on a ‘so­cial evening’, to whom you have to be es­pe­cially kind and friendly.

Please email me your prob­lems at prob­lem­page@the­oldie.co.uk – I will an­swer ev­ery email that comes in; and let me know if you would like your dilemma to be con­fi­den­tial

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