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. (more…)