Shyness, thought by many to be a mental disorder is an anxiety disorder. If you have been shy as a child, as I have been, then you know the loneliness of living shy. However, as time goes on, shy children can go on to be productive, social and surprisingly open adults.
Identifying harmful shyness activities:
Avoiding social and public gatherings
Negative attitude, low self-esteem or isolated activities
Little or no friends
Advise to help get past the shyness:
Do not allow social anxiety to hinder enjoying life.
When you recognize the shyness be prepared to divert your thoughts to a positive ones.
Learn assertive skills, which help alleviate shyness.
Help children by talking out their thoughts, find social gatherings within their interests or help them discover an outlet outside of school and home that involves a small group setting.
My experience with Social Anxiety Disorder aka Shyness:
As a shy child, I grew up in isolation much of the time. My outlets were reading, listening to music and daydreaming. As time has gone on, I have learned to socialize by using my personal skills and talents and sharing with other that appreciate my talents or likeminded in interests. Shyness is not necessarily a negative personality trait. A protective mechanism allowed me, as a shy person, to watch, learn and enhance my senses.
It is possible to live with and overcome social anxiety disorder. It is even possible to take the shyness and make it work in a positive in life.
Bursting From Her Shyness
Fear, excitement, inquiries, and a voice are stuck inside her head
A word she dare not utter
Fear of acknowledgement is just too much
Excitement cannot escape
Inquiries are running amuck within my thoughts
Yet child of silence cannot find her voice
Humiliations pad lock her lips
Questions only she is force to discover answers for
Joy would overflow if allowed
She cannot allow her overly inquisitive mind to question
She will not release her fear
She must not let loose her joy
What would happen if she found her voice?
She would open up
Questions would have answers
Joy would be found and burst from her essence
One day much later, she found her voice
Voice in speech
Voice in thought
Voice in her writing
When her shyness was overpowered
Her need to express was too great to be contained any longer
Then she was free
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