Shyness Essential Reads

Measurement Validity Explained in Simple Language

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on November 17, 2017 in Cui Bono
How do we know that a test that allegedly measures shyness actually measures shyness?

Loving Someone with an Anxiety Disorder

By Barbara Markway Ph.D. on June 29, 2017 in Shyness Is Nice
Here's a to-do list for when you love someone with an anxiety disorder.

8 Signs That Someone May Be Living With Social Anxiety

One of the most common forms of anxiety people experience involves an extreme fear of being judged by others. Find out how you can identify and cope with social anxiety’s symptoms.

What's Really Going on When Someone Stares at You

Perceiving ourselves to be higher in status can buffer us from feeling intimidated.

Genetics Play a Role in Social Anxiety Disorder, Study Finds

A new study has pinpointed a genetic link between social anxiety disorder (SAD) and a serotonin transporter gene called "SLC6A4."
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The Secrets of Shyness

By Joe Moran, Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in The Secret Life of Shyness
Being shy is not just about being fearful or timid. Shyness takes many forms, and is part of what makes us human.

Social Media, Loneliness, and Anxiety in Young People

By Graham C.L. Davey Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Why We Worry
Even with a good-sized social network, users face added stressors and feelings of disconnectedness.

New Research Reveals Neural Roots of Social Anxiety

People with social anxiety disorder have an extreme fear of new social objects or situations. New neuroscience research shows how observational learning plays into this fear.

Social Anxiety: A Single-Session Cure

By Shauna H Springer Ph.D. on November 30, 2016 in Free-Range Psychology
My patient never returned. Her father called four days later, delighted to report that I had “worked a miracle.” Yet I see what happened as a failure on my part.

In What Ways Do Socially Anxious Adults Suffer?

By Todd B. Kashdan Ph.D. on November 22, 2016 in Curious?
New research on touch as a neglected emotional experience that offers insights into the difficulties of individuals suffering from social anxiety problems.

17 Ways to Fix this Common Type of Social Anxiety

Extreme fear of public speaking is one of the most prevalent form of anxiety disorders. New research shows how you can test, and overcome yours.

A Productive Way to Think About Social Anxiety

By Joel Minden, Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in CBT and Me
Most concerns about social anxiety are unproductive. Here's what to do instead.

The Psychological Pros and Cons of Pokémon Go

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 12, 2016 in Urban Survival
Could the new game craze help social anxiety and depression? Catching Pokémon might have more rewards than you think.

How Macy Gray Settled Her Heart and Mind

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Brick by Brick
Grammy Award-winning singer Macy Gray overcame multiple hurdles, including mental illness and racism, as she built a dynamic and creative career.

Social Anxiety: Mapping Its 7 Key Components

These key elements help us understand social anxiety.

Socially Anxious? Beware Where You Look

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in Good Thinking
People who suffer from social anxiety tend to focus on negative social stimuli (like angry faces) when in a group. This habit can have devastating consequences.
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How To Manage Your Social Anxiety

How To Manage Your Social Anxiety. Examining your thoughts and feelings can offer relief. By Max Belkin, Ph.D.
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Why Do I Feel So Awkward?

The hit show 'Hamilton' reminds us that “awkward” can be an opportunity.

Can Improv Comedy Treat Social Anxiety?

By Jon Fortenbury on August 02, 2015 in NeuroProgress
People are increasingly turning to improv comedy (theatre made up on the spot) to reduce social anxiety. The reason it's working for some and not all is simple, but powerful.

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Some 44 years ago, I conducted a research experiment that could have been the bane of my existence. Instead it spurred me on to research several topics: good vs evil, how our personal time perspectives affect our lives, and the self-imposed "prison," shyness. Now, The Stanford Prison Experiment is an award-winning feature film that has viewers questioning: What would I do?

Why Some Men Find It So Hard to Give In

We expect men to be dominant and women to be submissive, according to traditional gender roles. A man who submits to the authority of others, therefore, runs this risk of violating society’s norms. For some men, the shame of giving in hits particularly hard.

Overcoming Negative Self-Thinking

The task of changing schema is to unlearn the self-defeating old habit and replace it with a new, healthier one.

Pro/Con: British Psychological Society Report On 'Psychosis'

By Allen J Frances M.D. on December 15, 2014 in Saving Normal
What does it mean to hear voices or have strange beliefs? The British Psychological Society has just published a new report offering a radically new approach to answering this question. I debate the pros and cons of the report with its lead author.

Psychiatry Celebrates Its Top-Ten Hits

In the current issue of the journal History of Psychiatry, Mark Micale, who teaches psychiatric history at the University of Illinois and is one of the most important international figures in the field, answers the question, “What have been the ten most important changes in psychiatry since World War II?”

The “Antidepressants” Work for Everything

On Oct 16 an enthusiastic piece was published in the Scientific American on “The Rise of All-Purpose Antidepressants.” It was simply thrilling, the author noted, that Prozac and its cousins turned out to be effective, not just in depression, but...

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones but Words Can Kill

There is a new threat to modern teenagers—a threat that doesn’t end with the boundaries of the home, but can pass right through physical barriers with ease. Coming to a computer screen near you—meet the cyber bully.

Adolescence and Learning to Speak Up

In so many parts of life, spoken communication skills are essential. Better for adolescents to learn speaking up before leaving home, than struggle with a history of shutting up after they leave and must function on their own.

Deafness, Language and Learning to Read

By Katherine Bouton on April 16, 2014 in What I Hear
A new book reflects on the deafness of the author's son, and examines the relationship between deafness, early exposure to language (whether oral sign) and learning to read.

The Secret to Revealing Your Secrets

It can be tricky negotiating the right amount to disclose about yourself with your relationship partners. If you reveal too much too early, you’ll seem a bit too eager, and if you always hold back, people will wonder what you’re hiding. Research on self-disclosure suggests some ways to find that happy balance.

The 8 Unhealthy Habits of Interpersonally Sensitive People

It’s not easy for anyone to experience rejection, but for some, fear of being abandoned takes on unhealthy proportions. When this fear becomes pronounced, it can put you at risk not only for emotional, but for physical health risks as well. Fortunately, having these eight qualities doesn't have to condemn you to a life of poor health as long as you know how to change them.