Defending being shy: Drugs now target behavior once considered virtuous

People who struggle against social convention fascinate Christopher Lane, a Northwestern University professor of English. In his new book, “Shyness: How Normal Behavior Became a Sickness,” (Yale University, $27.50) Mr. Lane looks at people who don’t conform to our culture’s fondness for sociability. It’s a provocative look at an important chapter in the history of modern psychiatry.
Mr. Lane sat down with the Chicago Tribune recently to talk about the book. An edited transcript follows.
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