Being shy isn't a bad thing. But, sometimes shyness can stem from low-confidence and it can interfere with a teen's ability to communicate effectively, join activities, or meet new people. If your teen's shyness gets in the way of doing things she wants to do, these strategies can help her come out of her shell. Teens may be more likely to have unhealthy coping skills. So where as an adult who feels shy may still greet someone or may force themselves to attend functions, shy teens may be more likely to avoid people or steer clear of social gatherings that are optional. Studies found that in general, adults are more likely to be shy than teenagers.
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Help Your Shy Teenager Come Out Of Their Shell & Succeed
Shyness is a common but little understood emotion. Everyone has felt ambivalent or self-conscious in new social situations. This digest 1 describes types and manifestations of shyness, 2 reviews research on genetic, temperamental, and environmental influences on shyness, 3 distinguishes between normal and problematic shyness, and 4 suggests ways to help the shy child. The basic feeling of shyness is universal, and may have evolved as an adaptive mechanism used to help individuals cope with novel social stimuli.
Like quite a few parents, you may have recently taken a good look at your adolescent and wondered, "What happened? A once-gregarious child who used to tell you everything now clams up. A jolly child who was always surrounded by a dozen pals suddenly has no friends.
Shyness is misinterpreted by society. A teen who is shy is sometimes perceived as weird, rude, dumb, odd, has an issue, has autism, has no friends, and on and on and on ……. If I talk to someone I feel like I will say the wrong thing and embarrass myself. Shy kids are easy to recognize in class and in social groups.