Brave: A Painfully Shy Life

 
9780982743393: Brave: A Painfully Shy Life

Memoirist Helen Rivas-Rose's award-winning publication of "Brave: A Painfully Shy Life" is the powerful and illuminating account of her own severe shyness and path she took to overcome it. This is a must read, not just for the severely shy, but also for counselors, parents, and educators who are seeking to understand this "invisible" problem that afflicts about one out of every twenty people. Acclaim for Brave: A Painfully Shy Life “In Helen Rivas-Rose’s detailed and poignant memoir, "Brave," she details her lifelong struggle with shyness and how she learned to free herself from it. Her message promises to inspire shy people and give them a guideline to gradual, positive change." --Lynn Everts, ForeWord Clarion Reviews "Those who want to see change in their lives will find 'Brave: A Painfully Shy Life' a powerful memoir documenting the process not just of one woman’s blossoming, but the impetus involved in personal transformation as a whole. Bravo!” -- D. Donovan, Senior Midwest eBook Reviewer Helen Rivas-Rose lived with severe shyness for 50 years. It truncated her education, denied her a career, oriented her two marriages, and affected her parenting. In midlife, she decided to do what was necessary to overcome it, taking self-directed steps that included: singing solo in public, delivering her own talks at Unitarian-Universalist churches, joining drama workshops to expose her childhood pain, and joining a typical socially oriented garden club. Now, her goals are to give encouragement and specific advice to the severely shy, to bring awareness of the condition to the community at large and especially, to have it included in the DSM list of conditions that doctors will treat. More information about the author is available at her web site, www.shynessbook.com

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About the Author Born in 1942, Helen Rivas-Rose spent years reaching self-fulfillment. Living in the U.S., Canada, Spain, and Portugal, she acquired knowledge about other cultures (including mastering other languages), but she did not learn to understand herself. She had almost no peers as friends. Finally, in 1989, things began to change for her when she became the volunteer director of a nonprofit alternative-artists’ space in Portland, Maine. During her 12 years there, she wintered at the artists’ colony in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Fueled by creativity in both places, she developed an inner drive to overcome her shyness and embark on a path that included writing art columns for the newspaper, singing and speaking in public and finally, being warm and finding friends. Her drive blossomed in 2001 when she discovered that she wanted to be a writer and shortly thereafter she left the artists' space. She decided to write about her ordeal with shyness, of being unable to express herself for 50 years. From 2001 to 2009, in addition to belonging to several writers' groups and working with editors, she attended numerous writing conferences and residencies including the Vermont Studio Center, the Stonecoast Writers' Conference, Haystack, and the San Miguel Writers' Conference. In 2011, Rivas-Rose was interviewed on Maine Public Broadcasting, about "Conquering Crippling Shyness: A Maine Woman’s Tale," (available on Maine Things Considered at MPBN.net). To date, Brave is the only published, major memoir on overcoming severe shyness. Rivas-Rose has two sons and two grandsons. She continues to live in Maine and Mexico. In both places, she cultivates family, friendship, and social activities while always finding time to pursue her hard-won passion: writing. Because developing her artistic side became essential to overcoming her shyness, she is invited to talk about how to identify, develop, and use the creative self for self-improvement. Visit her web site www.shynessbook.com for more details.

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