Shyness

Help with Shyness

Shyness is the tendency to feel awkward, worried or tense during social encounters, especially with unfamiliar people. Severely shy people may have physical symptoms like blushing, sweating, a pounding heart or upset stomach; negative feelings about themselves; worries about how others view them; and a tendency to withdraw from social interactions.

Most people feel shy at least occasionally. Some people’s shyness is so intense, however, that it can keep them from interacting with others even when they want or need to—leading to problems in relationships and at work.

Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology (http://www.apa.org/pubs/books/4600100.aspx)

At PFC we take shyness and social phobia seriously. We are specialists in helping people overcome these two difficulties.

We have found through our experience that there are two things that help:

  1. Not caring so much about what others think of us,
  2. And facing our fears by gradually becoming more friendly.
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