The effect of shyness on self esteem and sociability among adolescents in a secondary school environment

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Lomax, Carol
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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Initiating, developing, and maintaining caring and committed relationships are the most important activities in our lives. Relationships are the core of our existence (Hart & Smith, 2002; Heidegger, 2002). We are dependent on other people for healthy development; for guidance in learning the essential competencies required to survive in our world. We are also dependant on other people for fun, comfort, love, and fulfilment. Most of us experience various degrees of shyness in certain situations without defining it as a problem. As Zimbardo and Radl (1981) stated, normal shyness functions as a protective device, a sensible reserve that allows people to size up new experiences before rushing into them. Shyness can also be seen as a protection from unwanted social attention (Scott, 2005, p 97). On other hand, some people identify so strongly with shy label that they feel constantly anxious, lonely and frustrated, experiencing shyness as a serve and challenging condition that interferes with their everyday lives (Scott, 2007) .