Listening Project

Conversation between husband and wife, Gerry and Paula, about how Paula recovered from the crippling social anxiety that she suffered from for most of her life.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Scotland, Glasgow

  • Interviewees

    McGuire, Paula, 1981- (female, electronic notetaker), McGuire, Gerry, 1982- (male, digital analyst)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio Scotland

  • Recordist

    McArthur, Victoria

  • Abstract

    Paula suffered from crippling social anxiety for most of her life, to the point where she couldn't permit any guests at her wedding to husband Gerry and she wasn't able to be a part of big events or get-togethers without feeling stressed and panicked. In 2012 she decided to change her life and embark on the self-set challenge of learning every sport at the Commonwealth Games. Having completed that, she's now trying the top 15 jobs that children want to do when they grow up. She and Gerry discuss their marriage and how his wife is entirely different now to the one he married.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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