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The shy, inhibited or withdrawn child


Children are usually quite frank and spontaneous when it comes to communicating with their peers; but many times, within the group of friends of our children, we see one who remains isolated, like 'watching the bulls from the sidelines', while the rest play and have fun.

Sometimes the explanation lies in a certain rejection that the child himself generates, but in others, and this is the issue that motivates me today, it is the little one himself who limits himself and isolates himself.

When we are dealing with a case like this, many people tend to place shy children and those who suffer from behavioral inhibition under the same umbrella, a pathology that is even treated by specialists in child psychiatry.

Shyness is a form of anxiety that arises in the context of certain social situations, mainly in those in which the child feels that there is one or more 'authority figures' who constantly evaluate him, or when the boy expresses some disagreement with what what happens in your environment. Shyness can be overcome to the same extent that the little one gains self-confidence, a task in which we can help a lot from home.

Behavioral inhibition, on the other hand, is expressed in both social and non-social situations, and it is not a response to a specific evaluation circumstance, but rather a temperament trait defined by extreme fear of novelty. An inhibited child experiences great anxiety in the face of the new, uncertain or changing, and for that reason he withdraws and avoids contact with anything that can generate these stimuli. Among the symptoms of this pathological inhibition, the long preambles that the child takes before responding to a stimulus (sometimes never does) are described: withdrawal, cessation of play and conversations, the tendency to remain close to the caregiver, hypersensitivity and easy crying, scary facial expressions, and excessive caution.

Research in this regard has confirmed the relationship between this type of behavioral inhibition in childhood with anxious and depressive symptoms developed during adolescence and adulthood, so if you have doubts about your child's behavior, the opinion of a specialist would be very convenient. that defines if it is a shy or withdrawn child.

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