OVERCOMING SHYNESS: Practical Scripts for Everyday Encounters by Barbara Powell

OVERCOMING SHYNESS: Practical Scripts for Everyday Encounters

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KIRKUS REVIEW

I'm no Neil Simon,"" admits the shyness-counselor author; so why the lame attempt at conversational choreography? Because shyness results partly from lack of social skills, particularly in initiating or carrying on a conversation, and presumably sample scripts will provide what experience has not. Trouble is, most of the dialogues are stilted, stereotyped, over-classified (as in ""Starting a conversation with someone at the second meeting of a small group program""), or ludicrously unrealistic--as in ""I can't explain it, but whenever you come in I find myself blushing."" The two main conversational suggestions: don't ask a yes or no question, and don't respond with just yes or no. How about, definitely no?

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1979
Publisher: McGraw-Hill