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Why is my son so shy? He is intelligent and a great writer but awkward at 17.

Why is my son so shy? He is intelligent and a great writer but awkward at 17.

Introvert like me: Writers are often introverts. I was very shy as a child. Some kids grow out of shyness. If his shyness prevents him from enjoying life, you should seek the help of a professional psychologist. On the other hand, many children lose their shyness when they find a group to associate with that has their niche interest. Consider a writers group or a specific writers group such as fiction writers. ...Read more

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My 18 yrs old son has extreme shyness. His therapist want him to ask his primary doctor for anti-anxiety med. either Paxil (paroxetine) or zoloft. which is best???

My 18 yrs old son has extreme shyness. His therapist want him to ask his primary doctor for anti-anxiety med. either Paxil (paroxetine) or zoloft. which is best???

Either: either one of those drugs, or another related to them is likely to be effective in conjunction with the psychotherapy for the social anxiety disorder. The best one is one that your son will tolerate with minimal side effects. ...Read more

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How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical I have had some awkward exams?

How to overcome the embarrassed feeling and shyness at my physical
I have had some awkward exams?

A trusted friend: If possible, bring a trusted friend or relative with you to the exam, to give you someone you know to focus on, and distract you from the anxiety provoking aspects of the exam. ...Read more

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What is the cause of shyness?

What is the cause of shyness?

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

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How can I conquer extreme shyness?

How can I conquer extreme shyness?

It's important to: Work on your self esteem. Work with a therapist and build your confidence to overcome your shyness. It is worth it. ...Read more

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How does shyness affect your health?

How does shyness affect your health?

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

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How can you deal with extreme shyness?

How can you deal with extreme shyness?

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

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Is there any medication used for shyness?

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

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How do you help cure shyness in your child?

How do you help cure shyness in your child?

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

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Is there any effective way to reduce shyness?

Is there any effective way to reduce shyness?

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