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Helping Your Child Cope With Shyness

Shyness can be defined as being a complicated condition in which the affected individual may feel a slight sense of discomfort in public, or in extreme cases, a sense of paradoxical fear may arise in the face of social activities.

Some experts believe that shyness is directly linked to some panic attack. Others support the idea that shyness is related to some sort of “social anxiety”, a condition in which the individual is invaded by a feeling of nervous tension, nuisance and irrational fear through social situations.

shame-at-school
Shame at school

The shyness is not classified as a disease, in this way there is the possibility of performing a drug treatment to cure it.

Shyness is a human condition, which reflects in a simplified way all the vulnerability of a being.

Among the various situations in which shyness can manifest itself, the following circumstances may be highlighted:

  • Conditions in which the shy person becomes the center of attention
  • Exposures that cause lower status sensations
  • Unpublished occasions, or in other words, new situations
  • Circumstances in which the individual must impose himself in front of other people.
shy child
Shy child

In view of the above-described picture, the role of parents in helping the child who suffers from shyness is crucial and indispensable. Check below for some guidelines that can be used to help your child through this situation:

  • Talk to your child looking directly into their eyes.

Eyes in the eyes convey a sense of confidence, when using this technique several times with the parents, the child tends to repeat the action during a dialogue with other people.

  • Do not mention shyness in the presence of the child.

When parents see that the child suffers from shyness, it leads the child to think that there is something wrong and unusual with it, and consequently it will shrink even further.

  • Do not overexpose your child.

When parents force their children to practice actions in which the child does not feel safe, they can further aggravate the situation, such as dancing in the school gang. Such a situation can lead your child to high levels of anxiety, and the most common reaction in children in the face of such embarrassment is compulsive crying.

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Shyness
  • Be very patient with your child.

Over time, the child will naturally become a more confident person, especially if the child has the help of his parents during the process of maturation, so naturally the child tends to loosen up more when he reaches adolescence.

Pouso Alegre, April 09, 2016.

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