The Difference Between Social Shyness Vs. Social Anxiety?

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Many people get shyness and social anxiety confused, or often mistaken for the same thing. Social anxiety and shyness are far from being alike. Shyness is simply a tolerable discomfort, whereas social anxiety is a phobia. But how can we tell them apart? Shyness is the tendency to feel awkward, worried or tense during social encounters, especially with unfamiliar people. Many people experience some shyness and discomfort, especially in new situations or with unfamiliar people. However, it’s generally tolerable once you warm up and relax after a while. (Social Anxiety vs. Shyness: The Difference Between Social Anxiety and Shyness by Jenny C. YIP, PSY.D) Shyness is more of a label describing people who want to interact with others, but can’t do it so comfortably. Most people will feel shyness at some point in their life in situations that take you out of your comfort zones like job interviews, dating, going to a party where you don’t know anybody, making a difficult phone call, etc. “Shy” people will often familiarize the situation, and in time will know how to deal with it. For example, getting a job and adjusting to the work environment. Once you’ve been there for a while and know all your coworkers, you’re generally not shy anymore. Then one you get laid off and have to search for a new job. Your shyness will kick in because you’re entering an unknown work environment. If you progress in social encounters you will often get rid of that awkward feeling, resulting in no

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