A neon green package arrived in my mailbox on Thursday.
I hastily tried to open it. Soon enough, I pulled out the book, Painfully Shy, by Barbara and Gregory Markway. I eagerly glanced inside the book to read the message written to me with my mom.
The message was very kind and is one I will always love and treasure. Her closing line was “You have a gentle charisma that shines through in your writing, and I also saw it in your Icebreaker Speech.”
This is the first time I’ve ever gotten a book sent to me. I’ve never even had a book signed before!
I have only gotten to read a little bit of her book so far, but I’ve already been hooked and have sticky notes on several pages. I love reading the stories of all the people Barb has met working as a psychologist in particular. And I love reading about her personal experiences with shyness and anxiety too, and getting to know her even better through the book.
Barb found me thanks to a comment I made on the Quiet: The Power of Introverts blog. She contacted me and asked me to send her an email, so I did. It was then that she told me that she could relate to so much of my blog and wanted to send me one of her books that shared several of her experiences. She said she doesn’t think I am painfully shy anymore, but that it might give me some ideas for my project . I was flattered and told her that would be awesome.
She’s been very interested in my project and has been a pleasure to talk to through email. It’s been great emailing back and forth and we’ve become fast friends. (I can’t help but write book-length emails to her every time!) I’m very honored to get to know her! She is one cool lady who I’d love to meet in person. So go to her site, and fill it with lots of good comments. She has really great, thought-provoking posts! I can’t wait to read more of her book!
Barbara Markway, Ph.D., is a psychologist and author. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including: the New York Times, Washington Post, Today Show, and Good Morning America. Her first book, Dying of Embarrassment, has been named one of the most scientifically valid self-help books in a study published in Professional Psychology, Research and Practice.