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How to party if you’re shy, socially awkward – or just plain boring

By Joel Golby, Lucy Mangan and Rhik Samadder

17 Dec 2022 · 11 min read

Editor's Note

New Year's Eve is just around the corner and with it come the final celebrations of the festive period. If you find the socializing element difficult then this article has some useful advice for you.

The partyphobe: Lucy Mangan

Fanny Brice was right. People who need people are the luckiest people, at least when party season rolls around. Imagine, if you will, wanting to go to a party. Imagine knowing that you will have a good time – that the mere experience of being around people fills you, as a matter of course, with joy and contentment. That you go home with a spring in your step, a song in your heart, a smile on your lips – refreshed, restored, rejuvenated and ready for the next one.

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