Can Shyness Increase the Risk of Developing An Anxiety Disorder?

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Researchers have found that shyness in children tends to be a risk factor for developing anxiety disorders later in life. What seems to be at play is when people are very sensitive to change and react to that change in a negative way they may have an orientation towards feeling like something bad is going to happen or people are judging them or are really paying attention to them.

And all of that self focused attention sets up path ways for worry and fear. The important thing to know though is just as a path ways can gets set up, that we have very powerful tools for setting up different path ways to correct those distortions and negative perceptions.