In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story

In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story

by Steve Friedman
In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story

In Search of Courage: An Introvert's Story

by Steve Friedman


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"After a brutal evening trying to network amongst a conference hall of strangers, I wrote an email to my Jennifer: "It zapped my energy just trying to maintain such a façade. I describe myself lately as puny, timid, socially regressive - basically fragile. I've never prided myself as a social butterfly. But lately I feel more like a social wallflower, unable to hold even basic conversations let alone to strike up a discussion of any depth.

Realizing the depressed tone of my letter and not wanting to scare Jennifer from halfway around the world, I tried to reassure her: "However, I must emphasize, I'm okay. I'm not going off the deep end." But in reality I felt like I was. In the pit of my stomach, I was scared. I felt like I was losing my use of basic logic and communication skills. I was overcome by fear every day: of people, of losing, of speaking, of being quiet, of not providing, of not being enough, of not being courageous."

Are you shy, reserved, introverted? Are you frustrated by forced socializing? Do you feel you have to pretend to be someone else?

In the Award-Winning (March 2020 NonFiction Authors Association Book Awards Program) memoir, In Search of Courage, author Steve Friedman shares his struggles both at work and at home. His long path to overcome countless roadblocks is both "heart-wrenching and heartbreaking."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734221114
Publisher: Peavine Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/24/2020
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

STEVE FRIEDMAN retired in 2018, ready to relax and focus on personal health and family connections. He also rejuvenated his passion for introspective writing which spawned In Search of Courage and other nonfiction projects. Friedman enjoys running, reading, and family time. Friedman met his love, Jennifer, in Houston. Together, they have raised three amazing children, Gwendolyn, Madolyn, and Noah. They delight in cruising and hanging around the house together.

Table of Contents


PROLOGUE __________________________________13

SECTION ONE – TURBULENCE _________________15

Chapter 1: The Closets ______________________17

Chapter 2: Cocoon __________________________21

Chapter 3: Crestbrook ________________________31

Chapter 4: 4-5-9 ____________________________37

Chapter 5: Delicate __________________________44

Chapter 6: Escape ___________________________51

SECTION TWO – SAVED _______________________59

Chapter 7: Lantern __________________________61

Chapter 8: Turn Around ______________________72

Chapter 9: Striking __________________________80

Chapter 10: Equilibrium ______________________89

Chapter 11: The Student ______________________96

SECTION THREE – CHAOS ____________________105

Chapter 12: Fake You! _______________________107

Chapter 13: Road Kill _______________________118

Chapter 14: Stretched _______________________129

Chapter 15: Breaking Point ___________________140

Chapter 16: Numb __________________________149

SECTION FOUR – REFOCUS ___________________159

Chapter 17: Reset __________________________161

Chapter 18: Tight Genes _____________________167

Chapter 19: More Energy ____________________173

Chapter 20: Afterglow _______________________180

Chapter 21: Optimal ________________________188

SECTION FIVE – VULNERABLE ________________195

Chapter 22: Complicated _____________________197

Chapter 23: Placebo _________________________206

Chapter 24: Fear ___________________________212

Chapter 25: Death __________________________218

Chapter 26: Heroes _________________________228

SECTION SIX – COURAGE ____________________233

Chapter 27: SHIT! __________________________235

Chapter 28: Bursting ________________________246

Chapter 29: Reflections ______________________254

EPILOGUE __________________________________259

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS _______________________265

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