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Shyness: Should Parents Be Concerned?


Dealing with a shy child can sometimes be cause for concern.

Parents often seek clinical professionals to help their child move out of a shyness phase. In fact, many therapists and counselors find themselves with parents who simply do not know whether they need to be worried about the level of shyness their child is experiencing or if it is something that they will eventually grow out of. Lately, the term introvert has gained momentum and become part of the normal lexicon. However, it is important to remember that shyness and being an introvert are not the same thing. Introverts derive their energy from spending time alone. While shyness harbors awkwardness, worried thoughts, and severe tension in a variety of social situations, there are some instances where parents should be more concerned than others. It really boils down to the level of anxiety a shy child may feel when interacting with others in a social situation. In cases where the child is truly suffering from a deep anxious feeling, seeking the help of a professional may benefit any child.

Advantages Of Being Shy

While shyness is seldom revered as a character trait, there are some benefits that come along with being a shy child. Those who are shy often have different thinking patterns than their more outgoing counterparts. Consider for instance the deep and reflective thoughts that occur daily to someone who is shy because they are introspective. This is a great benefit to any individual because it allows them to get to know themselves really well. As a result, growing up as a shy person can create an individual who is confident in their beliefs and some of the greatest listeners around.

Tips For Parents Whose Children Are Shy

While being extroverted continues to be the more valued character trait in society, being shy comes with a myriad of advantages as well. If you are a parent of a child who tends to be a little shyer than the rest of their peers there are some ways you can make them feel more comfortable in their skin without pushing them out of their comfort zone. In fact, labeling or sending any negative messages about being shy should be avoided. Being empathetic and listening to a child’s needs is a great way for parents to start a dialogue with their shy children about the best ways to get them to be more comfortable in social situations.

Seek Therapy And Counseling Services Through The Family Service Foundation, Inc.

If your child is struggling with anxiety, depression, or any other mental health issue and looking for someone to help you move forward, contact a professional at Family Service Foundation, Inc. We offer outpatient mental health clinic services from trained staff who are passionate about helping all of their clients. We are committed to encouraging growth, changing lives, and enriching the community around us. If you are looking for help, give us a call at (301) 459-2121 or visit us online. For more tips on getting over grief, follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.