Did you ever notice that blue-eyed people tend to be more shy than brown-eyed people? I never did, but now that I think about it, I’m not surprised.
Not just because I have blue eyes and am uneasy in situations where I have to make small talk. I do know a lot of blue-eyed people who in one way or other fit this category too.
A recent paper by two economists at the University of Oslo found that 30% of preschool boys with blue eyes were “socially wary,” compared to only 3% of those with brown, green, or grey eyes.
And when blue-eyed children get a little older, they are more apt to use alcohol and binge drinking as a coping strategy in the face of the anxiety of social situations.
I guess I should be glad that alcohol makes my joints so sore that I am rarely tempted to deal with my anxiety by self-medicating with alcohol. The price is just too high the next day.