Painful shyness in children and adults

Avoidance or inhibition creates problems for the painfully shy and for those around them

Avoidance and inhibition include:

  • Canceling social events at the last moment

  • Avoiding situations that provide positive social interaction

  • Few or no friends

  • Avoidance of activities that are otherwise pleasurable

  • Passivity, pessimism and low self-esteem

  • Friends, family members, teachers, or mentors are concerned

  • Excessive computer use that is not social in nature, and is without face to face contact with others

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