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When you go to a party do you sit in the corner and not speak to others?
Are you afraid to get into a discussion because others may disagree with you?
Shy individuals are best described as feeling awkwardness or anxious in social situations. This stems from the concern that others may think negatively of them. There may also be physical signs such as a pounding heart, blushing, sweating and stomach problems.
Signs of shyness can 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 are able to hide it and get by at the workplace and social events. Shyness can have it’s consequences at all ages. As a child there is fear of classroom participation 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. It has been theorized that the causes of shyness are partially genetic, environmental (how the child is raised) and due to life experiences such as trauma or abuse.
If you think your shyness is holding you back from living your life you can get help. For an initial no charge consultation call us at 847--227-8323