The Positive Side of Shyness

giftarist By giftarist, 10th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Shy people tend to be more loyal friends, work harder at making relationships work, make better team players, and don't dominate conversations. They are not overbearing, overly aggressive, demanding, or outspoken.

Who is Affected?

While the percentage of adults in the United States reporting that they are chronically shy has held steady at about 40 percent, newer studies by psychologists Bernardo Carducci and Philip Zimbardo show this increasing to almost 50 percent in recent years. Some experts believe that with the rise of cyberspace generation, shyness may be heading toward epidemic proportions. Many shy people prefer chatting "online" with strangers to talking face-to-face with a friend or neighbor. This may be because interacting on the computer gives the person more control over the conversation than direct social communication. Other experts blame the increasing use of automated teller machines and voice mail, giving us less practice with social skills with strangers.

What Makes a Person Shy?

What Makes a Person Shy?
There are a host of variables that work together to make one shy. Some of the most common factors include:
1. A disfiguring problem
2. Speech or language problems
3. Abuse as a child
4. Being raised by very nervous parents
5. A traumatic situation
6. Abusive adults
7. Relocation at a young age
8. An embarrassing situation

Blame your Designer Genes

Not only are there environmental causes of shyness; increasingly, scientific evidence points to a strong genetic predisposition to shyness, just as you may inherit a tendency toward diabetes, heart disease, or obesity. University of Maryland researchers recently focused on infant brain waves to find a link for shyness.

In their study babies wore caps with sensors that detected the brain's electrical activity. Babies later found to be shy had more activity in their right frontal lobes than in their left. Conversely, babies who were more "uninhibited" had the opposite pattern of brain waves.

All Introverts are Shy - False

While many shy people are introverts, introversion and shyness are two very different personality classifications. First, most introverts prefer solitary, nonsocial activities and settings. Shy people may also prefer to be alone, but they go one step beyond and fear social encounters, unlike a "pure" introvert. Extroverts, or those who prefer socially engaging activities and settings, can be shy. However, generally speaking, if an extrovert is shy, it is in a private setting with negative thoughts about self.

Related to:
Shyness or Social Phobia
Cure of Shyness


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author avatar Uma Shankari
11th Feb 2011 (#)

A good analysis. Enjoyed reading.

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author avatar Denise O
12th Feb 2011 (#)

Good points and I think spot on. I was shy when I was young, it stemmed from moving so much when I was little. It seemed I was always the new kid in school.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Humza
24th Mar 2011 (#)

I am a shy person and an introvert as well!
Being introvert is good and being a shy person is also good but to some extent...
thnx alot for the share

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