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13 Simple Ways Parents Can Help Their Children Overcome Shyness

This article was written by PolicyGenius contributor Julie Mitchell. The American Psychological Association defines shyness as the "tendency to feel awkward, worried or tense during social encounters, especially with unfamiliar people". It's important to note that shyness is not the same as introversion, though they are often lumped together. Introverts don't mind working alone, tend to prefer a smaller circle of friends, and like to observe and reflect before jumping into situations.
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