I’m shy. 😦

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Imagine a 2-year-old who greets you with a huge smile, offering a toy. Now here’s another child who regards you gravely and hides behind his parent’s leg. How do you feel about these two children? If you’re like most people, you think of the first child as social and the second as reserved or, as everyone tends to interpret, “shy.” From a very young age, we categorize children as one or the other, and we usually privilege the social designation. But this misses what’s really going on with standoffish kids. Many were born with a careful, sensitive temperament that predisposes them to look before they leap. And this can pay off handsomely as they grow, in the form of strong academics, enhanced creativity and even a unique brand of leadership and empathy.

(QUIZ: Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?)

One way to see this temperament more clearly is…

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  1. My daughter does not like the noise made by people. She won’t even let us talk loud. If we do, she’ll either scream loudly or cry none stop. Sometimes she covers our mouths if we talk to loud. She recently went to a party with her father and the more people came, the more she screamed. I don’t know if she is shy or just spoiled. We don’t take her out a lot around ppl because of her severe allergies. Basically to protect her. Maybe we wrong.

  2. Oh wow, I’m the same way (but I didn’t grow up that way at all). I can’t stand noise. It has gotten worse over the years She may be a “highly sensitive person”. There is a great book on it. Just search for Highly Sensitive Person or HSP. I think there is a Highly Sensitive Child book.

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