Is shyness an ‘illness’?
Based on the lead article of ERIN ANDERSSEN:The Globe and Mail, Published Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013
U.S. research has found that teachers are more likely to assume that quiet kids don’t know the answers; and parents, especially fathers, are more critical of their shy children. On a report card, phrases such as “likes to work alone” or “doesn’t participate in class discussion” translate into bad marks for social progress. Years ago, a teen who would rather read quietly in their room for hours on a Saturday might be thought of as thoughtful – now, it’s more likely their parent will pace outside the door, worrying about their development. (Shyness and introversion aren’t the same thing – although there is significant overlap, not all introverts experience the nervousness or awkward feelings characteristic of shyness.)
- Overcoming Shyness at College (everydayhealth.com)