Society tells that us that being shy is a fault, but Annie Ridout says it’s a gift. Shyness may be ever-present or it may come and go. Partly genetic, partly environmental, shyness is largely viewed as a character flaw, something that needs to change, but why is no one talking about the benefits of being shy? For example, shyness usually equates to being an excellent listener, considerate speaker, and thoughtful observer. Interweaving personal experience with expertise from clinical psychologists, Annie explores why shyness affects some more than others, and offers tried-and-tested tools to help the reader deal with elements of shyness that can feel debilitating. This book recasts our understanding of this often-misunderstood attribute, celebrating it as a pathway rather than a barrier to success and happiness.