A Fearless Guide to Losing Your Social Nerves

Years ago, I couldn’t talk to strangers. Here’s what it finally took to shed my anxiety.

Alexander M. Combstrong
Forge

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One day during my socially anxious years, I was standing in a record shop, trying to force myself to speak to another customer. I’d promised myself I would speak to one stranger that day and the plan was to simply ask for the time. I’d…

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Alexander M. Combstrong
Forge

Research-backed ways to change your life for the better. Out now: The Confident Introvert’s Handbook. Actor/screenwriter. Forge, Better Humans, Mind Cafe.