Shyness is a subjective perception, which is triggered by a complex set of emotions. It is not a mental health condition and does not require treatment as longs as the shy person does not feel to change it. Social anxiety, on the other hand, is a mental health condition which requires treatment.
Shyness is a variation in communication and information processing. When individuals interact, meaning is extracted from communicated messages, which then informs the decision-making, such as whether to continue with the interaction or not. These three important parts of an interaction, receiving information, decoding it and distilling meaning may be different in people who are shy.
Keywords: shyness, psychotherapy, psychiatry
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