The disadvantages of being shy
Shyness can impact every aspect of your life.
This research article discusses the negative impact of being shy in a world that favours talkative people. Here is a quick summary:
Education and career: Shy children are less likely to get involved in activities and to participate in class discussions. This can lead to them being overlooked by the teacher or mistaken for not understanding the work. Once in higher education shy people are more likely to choose courses and papers that match their level of shyness. They avoid papers that involve a lot communication and favour subjects like accounting, computer science and electrical engineering. Shy people then have more difficulty at job interviews, and are often passed over for job promotions in favour of a more outgoing peer.
Relationships: Many shy people often approach dating with trepidation, and are less likely to date around.
The Good News: People can create an environment to be successful without overcoming shyness. And in many cases shyness can be overcome or managed, by developing the right skills or simply by gaining confidence and out growing your shyness.
Posted: June 23rd, 2007 under Understanding Shyness.