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What’s wrong with me? I’m so shy

December 29, 2016 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A shy young woman asks for advice because she feels so socially awkward.

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Lacking communication skills to make friends

November 13, 2016 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

A young man feels he’s never had the communication skills to start and maintain relationships.

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Making friends after being sick

July 5, 2013 | By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

A woman’s 21-year-old daughter has lost her friends after being being sick–diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

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The basics of starting a friendship: Step one

The basics of starting a friendship: Step one

It sounds simple but making eye contact, smiling, saying hello, and acknowledging someone else, by name, are crucial first steps in starting a friendship.

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Making friends when you are shy

April 9, 2013 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Feeling shy can make it difficult to meet new people and make friends. Shyness may simply indicate a quiet sensibility, may stem from feeling awkward and not knowing what to do, or perhaps reflect lack of a good self-image.

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Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

January 18, 2013 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

Making new friends is difficult, especially for introverts. It’s not that we don’t like people or people don’t like us, it’s just that introverts are solitary by nature, and it can be difficult for us to break out and reach out to other people.

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Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

November 20, 2012 | By | 9 Replies Continue Reading
Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

Social Anxiety can make it difficult to make and sustain friendships. I’m very appreciative to one of the readers of this blog, Jane, for her courage in sharing this post in the hope it would be useful to others.

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Having trouble getting close

September 18, 2012 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

I am a 27-year-old woman and find myself lacking the close friendships I long for. I’m well aware of the reasons why. Explaining would take all day but in a nutshell: I was a shy child who warmed up slowly but eventually made close friends I loved.

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Making Friends: Having trouble getting close

September 6, 2012 | By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I was a shy child who warmed up slowly but eventually made close friends I loved. In high school, I developed severe social anxiety and panic disorder, which continued in college. I still managed to make some friends, but only on a
superficial level.

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Guest Post: Friendships between introverts and extroverts

Like most friendships, those between introverts and extroverts require communication and compromise.  My friend and colleague, Sophia Dembling, is a widely published author who pens a popular blog on Psychology Today called The Introvert’s Corner (which I highly recommend). Based in Texas, Sophia is the author of a forthcoming book called, The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life […]

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