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Shy / Timide

2014 . 03 . 31 - Comments / Commentaires (4)

It’s part of who I am.

Cela fait partie de qui je suis.

Speaking of social spaces, I’ll be talking at TEDxGeneva on 7 April and I’d love for you to be part of the distractions!

7 April from 3 PM to 9:30 PM
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Puisqu’on parle d’espaces public et de comment il faut les naviguer, je vous rappelle que TEDxGeneva est le 7 avril.  Je suis toujours timide, mais je suis prête aussi pour le challenge et le fun!

le 7 avril de 15h à 21h30
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rue Ancienne 37
1227 Carouge, Suisse

- Why I’m intimidating / Pourqoui je fais peur
- How to be a professional artist
- Putting my face on

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- Being a friendly artist / Être un artiste sociable
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(4) Comments / Commentaires: Shy / Timide

-- Paula -- 2014 . 03 . 31 --

This is incredibly useful but I wonder if you’re mixing introvert with shy? You can be one or both but they are two different things. An introvert finds social situations draining. A shy person, depending on the level of shyness and situation, can find them crippling or terrifying. You can be an introvert without being shy. I suspect most artists are introverts or we’d never be able to get work done. One can learn to overcome shyness but introversion is as much a part of one’s make up as is eye colour or shoe size.

But I love your approach and I’m going to take it in mind when I have to socialize publicly as an artist. I’ve found show openings to be difficult and stressful, and yet they are essential so wrapping my mind around a different approach can only help.

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 03 . 31 --

@Paula: Well that works out because I’m both shy and introverted! smile  Actually, I think I’m also lumping social anxiety into all this as well.  I see shyness, introversion, and social anxiety as closely related—probably because of my own experience.  I don’t think shyness can actually be overcome, but I’ve found ways to channel it so that I don’t melt down like I used to.  The feelings are still there, but I don’t let them take me over like I used to.

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-- Kristina -- 2014 . 04 . 01 --

You may have already seen/heard of this, but thought I’d pass along just in case: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the_power_of_introverts

I’m reading her book right now, and I appreciate her perspective.  She focuses on introversion and the dangers in pressuring individuals to be something they aren’t.  The more we are allowed/encouraged to be ourselves, the happier we are, and the more likely we are able to offer our best selves, which is necessary for the greater good. 

She focuses on introverts not only because she is one, but also because society seems to favor (oddly) extroversion.

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-- Gwenn -- 2014 . 04 . 01 --

@Kristina: I hadn’t seen this.  Thank you for passing this along!  I heard about Susan Cain’s work through Adam Grant’s book Give and Take (I love that book!) and she mentions him in her talk!

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