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Monday question: Happy wallflower

Posted by Robin Abrahams  September 26, 2011 06:25 AM

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Look at this, folks -- someone requested your advice specifically:

I have a question for the Miss Conduct readers: how do I respond politely but succinctly to people who comment that I am too quiet? I am a rather shy & quiet person and it bothers me when I'm put on the spot in such an uncomfortable manner. I wish I could express to people how much worse it makes me feel when my quietness is mentioned, but I don't want to be rude when I reply.

What do you think? Since this was a request for your advice, and not mine, I won't do a response this Friday. But come back throughout the week for more news and musings about social behavior -- and the Ig Nobel Prizes, which will be awarded this Thursday!

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Robin Abrahamswrites the weekly "Miss Conduct" column for The Boston Globe Magazine and is the author of Miss Conduct's Mind over Manners. Robin has a PhD in psychology from Boston University and also works as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Her column is informed by her experience as a theater publicist, organizational-change communications manager, editor, stand-up comedian, and professor of psychology and English. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Marc Abrahams, the founder of the Ig Nobel Prizes, and their socially challenged but charismatic dog, Milo.

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