Read ashleys fabulous piece about shyness, social anxiety and interts versus extravert behaviours! Brilliant!
Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they’re quite different. In this post we’ll look at some of the similarities and differences.
Introversion is a personality trait, and appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology. The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the two. I lean strongly in the introvert direction. One of the key elements that differentiates introverts from extroverts is the kinds of situations that drain and replenish mental energy.
Shyness involves feelings of discomfort and awkwardness, typically when meeting new people. It can be an enduring personality trait, or it can appear during certain phases of development. It tends to appear in people with low self-esteem. Shy people may develop social anxiety disorder, but not necessarily.
Social anxiety disorder is a form of mental illness that’s also known as social phobia. It…
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