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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
The Unreserved Introvert is a true account of a socialite’s anxiety in an unyielding world. Written by Darryl Miller, the reflective stories on each page highlight perfect examples of the vast array of situations which might cause anxiety, fear or even a panic attack. Situations include everything from dressing rooms, parties and family/work functions, telephone calls from salespeople and more. Darryl Miller has shown not only the reality of the life of a person with anxiety, but also is able to touch on the humorous aspects which accompany each example. Fear can truly be a fickle friend.
As a sufferer of Agoraphobia with Panic Disorder, I was inexplicably drawn to this book. I am, by no means, a socialite of any kind, yet was easily able to picture each of the chapters as presented so visually by Darryl Miller. I find it odd, yet interesting that I found some of the examples to be truly terrifying, but I could also see the incident via a foreign pair of eyes, conveying the mirth and humorous side of it. The Unreserved Introvert almost paralleled a sitcom of sorts, with the most unfortunate and embarrassing situations arising in a social setting. Although Deaf, I found myself bracing for the laughter of a live audience as each hilarious, yet traumatizing event transpired. Every turn of the page brought one wave of shock and amusement after the next, and I applaud Darryl Miller’s ability to reach even the most introverted sociophobe in these shared recollections. I thoroughly enjoyed The Unreserved Introvert and recommend it to all readers over the age of 15 years who enjoy a wonderful laugh, while pondering what it might be like to walk in somebody else’s introverted shoes.