Shyness and Social Anxiety

What is the difference between shyness and social anxiety?

Well first of all what is shyness?

In a nutshell shyness is drawing back from contact with others.

To expand a little, shyness is uneasiness, or discomfort felt when a person is in proximity to other people, especially if they do not know them, or it is an unfamiliar situation.

I read that almost 90% of the people in America have been “shy” at some point in their lives, with over half of them still “shy”.

I also read that famous people such as Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein were all shy at one time in their lives!

Secondly, what is social anxiety?

Social Anxiety is regarded as having an overpowering anxiety and disproportionate self-consciousness in everyday social situations.

People with Social Anxiety have an intense fear of being watched and judged by other people.

So to get back to my original question, what is the difference between shyness and social anxiety?

Well to put it simply, shy people and people with social anxiety all find certain situations make them anxious, nervous, uneasy etc. The big difference is the degree to which people suffering from social anxiety disorder feel this. It is so intense that they avoid the social situations that make them anxious.

Shy people on the other hand may be uneasy in similar situations, but they do not avoid them.

There numerous situations that can trigger shyness and social anxiety. Read through other articles on my website for further information.

Wishing you all the best,

Stuart Johnstone.

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