The Psychology of Shyness and the Advent of Adult Study

by Jason on July 15, 2012

The Psychology of Shyness and the Advent of Adult StudyThe development of the psychology of shyness began with young people, which is easy to understand. Children are considered more prone to shyness because of their inexperience in dealing with life. Before 1970, almost all research conducted for shyness used children as the subjects of the studies. Many of those studies were second hand because the information was supplied by parents or teachers, not the children.

Early in the 1970s, Philip Zimbardo headed the Stanford Shyness Research Program, which was instigated by a mock study Zimbardo began where college students role-played prisoners and guards. Tendencies among the prisoners suggested deep shyness on the part of many of the students.

A search for any literature on adult shyness failed to turn up anything, and this is what spurred the beginning of the research program. The studies covered more than twenty years and took input from college students and more than 1,000 people across the U.S. and in other countries. After the studies, interviews, research, and cross-cultural comparisons, the research program fashioned a treatment for shy adults.

How Many People are Shy

Since surveys have been taken in the U.S. beginning in the early 1970s, there has been a reported 40% of the adult population having shyness to the point that it causes problems in functioning socially. In the last decade, this percentage has risen to almost 1/2 of all Americans.

Against this figure, the 1994 National Co-morbidity Survey only indicated a 13.3% per capita for social phobia. At that rate, it is positioned as the third most psychiatric disorder prevalent in society. Obviously, the vast majority of the population that has shyness does not visit anxiety disorder clinics. Those referred to shyness clinics are often considered within the categories of avoidant personality disorder and generalized social phobia.

Even before the last decade, 40% of those responding to surveys said they had once been chronically shy but had found a way to get over the problem. An additional 15% survey respondents said they had been shy on certain occasions. Adding these two categories to the 40% who professed to still be chronically shy, that only leaves 5% of the population who say they have never been shy.

Other Survey Facts for Shy People

Shyness is an obviously troubling situation, and it provides ongoing problems with functionality in society. The shy person dates less, doesn’t take any advantage of social situations, is less expressive, and shows little interest in others. Shy people focus more on themselves than other people.

It is natural for shy people to be self-conscious, and this leads to negativity towards themselves and other people. They picture themselves as awkward, inhibited, incompetent, and unfriendly, especially as they imagine how they appear to those they are sexually attracted to.

If this seems to be a description of you, it is probably already evident that you are shy. More than likely, you have tried in vain to pull yourself out of the emotional state you are in. Psychology may explain everything except how to be what you are not.

It does not matter if you know the history behind shyness or what causes it in other people, you just need to find relief for yourself. For more information on the Psychology of Shyness follow the link. Find out what others have done to relieve their shyness problem, and start the healing process today.

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