Just a book idea: Part 4

Here it is! The long-awaited (not really) Part 4 of my book The Ultimate Guide to Not Sucking at Human Interactions: An introvert's obscure advice for succeeding socially. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4: Channeling your inner extrovert—just kidding Chapter 14: Facing your fear of people head on, or at least acknowledging its existence, …

My authentic self

Earlier this week, I posted a piece called Taking off the mask. It's about using humor to avoid vulnerability and to keep people at a safe distance emotionally. After some reflection, I’m afraid I inadvertently downgraded the benefits of humor. The cliché saying that laughter is the best medicine is not far from the truth. …

Taking off the mask

I saw the live-action Aladdin last week with two boys I babysit. One of the boys is ten years old and the other one is seven. We had the following conversation on the way home: D (10): Who do you think was the funnier Genie? The cartoon or this one? Me: Well, Robin Williams played …

Regrets

I have quite a few regrets from my life, but one in particular still causes me angst because of the tragedy I brought on myself. It happened in February of 2017. It was a Monday. I exercised and showered like I did every morning. This fateful day would soon be marred by horrors difficult to …

Just a book idea

I want to write a book someday, and I think I’ve landed on a title and some of the chapters. The Ultimate Guide to Not Sucking at Human Interactions: An introvert's obscure advice for succeeding socially Introduction and disclaimerGo ahead and lower all of your expectations for this book. I am a painfully shy introvert, …

Dopamine and humor

I was a witty kid. I have vivid memories of instances of rather refined humor for a kid so young. The Left Behind series was huge when I was a kid, and we watched the movie several times. I knew what the rapture was and what it’s going to look like when it happens. We …