Shy and Free™ was influenced by the following three books. Much like learning to bowl, you can read a book and learn the basics – then going to a bowling alley is required. To get even better, practice and help from others (coaching / lessons) will assist in your progress.
Bach, George Robert, and Ronald M. Deutsch. Pairing. Avon Books, 1973.
Ferrucci, Piero. Psychosynthesis. Crown, 1979.
Millman, Dan. Way of the Peaceful Warrior: a Book That Changes Lives. H.J. Kramer, 1980.
“Pairing” shows us the importance of being involved in activities that allow our real selves to be revealed. The encounter groups of the time demonstrated that there is almost always attraction between people once they see each other’s true selves and explains ways to impact others that generate the sparks needed to start a relationship.
“Psychosynthesis” shows us that we are made up of many parts and therefore are more than our shyness.
“Way of the Peaceful Warrior” is about mind, body, and spirit. Dan teaches the power of the breath to control fear and remain in the present moment. Dan is someone who practices what he writes about. The 2006 movie “Peaceful Warrior” is based on the book and stars Scott Mechlowicz, Nick Nolte and Amy Smart.
While these books are older…they contain wisdom that transcends time.