How I learned to live with my shyness
As a child, Sian Prior would sweat with fear while waiting for her turn to talk in class, and has grappled with shyness throughout her life. Now, having written a book on the subject, she argues that rather than trying to tame this trait, we need to understand how to work with it
Come as you are, leave as you want to be!” shouts the billboard outside the local grammar school. It sounds great, but it’s a false promise.
No school – and no individual teacher – can fundamentally reshape a student’s inherited personality. Different temperament traits can impact on students’ behaviour and learning styles. And, when it comes to shyness in the classroom, I have experienced the downsides first hand.
Shyness has afflicted me throughout my life. I was a timid young child, but my fears became more acute and distressing in my teenage years. At secondary school, I felt lonely ...