Awkward and anxious feelings in social situations?
Do you go to a party and sit in the corner and avoid others? Are you afraid to get into a discussion because others may disagree with you?
Shy individuals often feel awkwardness or anxious in social situations. This stems from the fear of rejection. Physical signs of shyness can be a pounding heart, blushing, sweating and stomach problems.
Signs of shyness include: low-self-esteem, passivity, social isolation, being excessively self-conscious and self-critical. Because they avoid social situations shy people may suffer from loneliness and depression. Yet many people who are shy hide it and get by at the workplace and in social events. Shyness has its consequences at all ages. There is the fear of participation in the classroom leading others to think they are not intelligent. They may feel alienated during adolescence and avoid dating. Shy individuals are frequently singled out by peers for bullying. In the workplace they are prone to set lower goal expectations for themselves causing inner frustration and conflict. The causes of shyness are partially genetic, environmental (how the child is raised) and life experiences such as trauma or abuse.