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How Do You Tell The Difference Between Shyness And Something Else
Impairment: Most of us are shy in at least some settings. If you are shy but it doesn't interfere with how you live your life, don't worry about it. It shyness starts to rule--avoiding situations, refusing to go somewhere you really want to go, becoming a "homebody, " then it well may be more than just shyness and time to seek help with a professional. ...Read more
People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes ...Read more
It may be difficult : but try taking small steps Get involved in clubs, sports or other group activities. Even if you don't want 2 try out for a play, consider becoming part of the stage crew. It's a way to make friends and interact with people. It will help you feel more comfortable in other situations as well. Try speaking with one new person a day. Start by smiling and giving them a compliment or saying good morning ...Read more
All about function: Shyness is a part of personality - the outward appearance of internal feeling. Everyone is perhaps shy or hesitant to share personal aspects of their life. Shyness and a shy personality only become a disorder or illness when they persistently interfere with function. If a person functions well then their shyness is not an illness. ...Read more
They are only: A solution if you have a problem that they are indicated for. ...Read more
Is shyness something one can grow out of... I'm Extremely Shy to the point of coming of rude.. What can I do? :/
Think of others: Shyness and self-consciousness can stem from a desire to avoid the negative evaluation of others. Practicing focusing techniques works well for many people. In your interactions with others focus on them and their interests. Increase your curiosity about them and their experiences. Let them tell you their story. Celebrate their victories and encourage them in their struggles. Therapy could help. ...Read more
Risk factor: Shyness is associated less social support and difficulty adapting to significant life transitions (I.e., changing schools or jobs). As a result shy individuals are more at risk for social anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem that may lead to negative health outcomes. However shyness exists on a continuum from mild/non-clinical to severe social phobia, with 20-40+% of people report shyness. ...Read more
Try to reach beyond: Your comfort zone. Set some simple goals, i.e., to smile and say something at a social gathering to one new person. Practice before hand some possible things to say. Join a social group that does some activity you like, ie, hiking or volleyball. Meet with a therapist to develop some goals and practice. Good luck & let us know how it goes. ...Read more
Psychotherapy: Shyness is almost certainly not directly a physical disease so it's best the address it interpersonally. There are many experienced therapists who specialize in this - you can inquire by calling. It can take a few sessions to discover if this is a goof fit - but you can learn skills that will resolve it over time w/ your effort. If they think an anti-anxiety pill will help - they'll refer for that ...Read more
Get them involved in: Activities that will build self confidence. Acting classes, dance, music all include some recitals/performances. Pick something that the child enjoys and hopefully can excel in. Programs like the girl or boy scouts also help by getting them involved in groups and by getting acheivment badges. This will help them try many different kinds of activities and make friends in the process. ...Read more
Exposure: Shyness like other traits, can be modified, but not completely eliminated. Exposing yourself to new situations with unknown people repeatedly may ib essence desensitize yourself to shyness in these situations. By forcing yourself to meet and interact with ubfamiliar people may also boost your self- confidence. ...Read more
Prefer to be alone: People range in how they interact with others from very introverted or shy to very outgoing. Those that are shy tend to want to be by themselves, a introspective and thoughtful, anxious in their interactions with others and may prefer solitary activities rather than social ones. These are style differences and fall in the range of "normal." Some people are shy sometimes and outgoing other times ...Read more
Sort of: There are drugs that decrease anxiety, which would allow you to feel freer to interact in social situations. HOWEVER, you may not be socially anxious, but just introverted. Extraversion/introversion is thought to be "normally distributed," which means literally half the population is introverted. If so for you, it's not something to treat with medication, but rather to embrace and work with. ...Read more
Shyness not illness: Shyness is not an illness; it is a personality trait. However, sometimes there are underlying issues related to anxiety that need to be treated. If it seems to be a more serious problem, please do not label your child "shy". Try not to put your child "on the spot". Help build up your child's self-esteem and give your child plenty of encouragement. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Patience: Babies transition thru stages in life. Under 6mo they may be interested & happy with everyone, then go thru an awakening to realize how much they depend on you. This results in separation anxiety, a normal finding.It varies with child & situation & may continue for some time. They grow up understanding you, but not new people, settings, etc. Work with them to enjoy such events & this should pass. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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