How to Overcome Shyness

How to Overcome Shyness

Why would any decent human being agree to use electric shock on another person? (Mind blown.)

Or how about this? Why do people sometimes stand by and watch, rather than help, in emergency situations? (Quiet, judgmental rage.)

And finally, where would you place yourself on the “shyness” spectrum? (Sure, you might not be paralyzed by social anxiety, but do you ever experience discomfort at holiday parties, corporate presentations, or small talking with strangers? Same here.)

On topics like these, I’m like…a 10 out of 10 interested. As in please hold my coffee, I’ve got new stuff to fixate on.

That’s why today I’m the slightly giddy friend who gets to introduce you to someone fabulous who I’m sure you’re going to click with. You’re just going to “get” him, I know it.

His name is Dr. Philip Zimbardo and he’s arguably the world’s leading expert on some of the gripping topics above.

A longtime Stanford professor, Dr.Zimbardo is the premiere researcher on the subject of shyness, having been published in over 600 publications.

But don’t click away in fear of being sucked into academia.

Dr.Zimbardo is like your interesting uncle whose animated, quirky stories take the family reunion by storm. He has a serious knack for breaking down interesting psychological concepts through everyday conversation.  In fact, this is so “his thing” that he pioneered a popular PBS-TV series, Discovering Psychology, where he set out to “give psychology away.”

(If you need there to be a cherry on top of this podcast sundae, I’ll just throw in that he also recently served as president of the American Psychological Association. So he’s an expert expert.)

In this episode, Dr.Zimbardo and I explore all the nooks and crannies of psychology you might be curious about. This includes why we let people influence us to do things we don’t want to do and how to deal with social anxiety, develop confidence, and overcome shyness.

For all of these reasons, I’m excited to kick off Season 2 of the Truth or Dare podcast by introducing you to Dr.Philip Zombardo HERE. (And if you’re interested in listening to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, or other popular streaming radio platforms, here’s how to find the episodes there.)


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