Recently published research in Science Daily argues that shyness isn’t just a personality quirk. It frequently indicates anxiety, and is often a precursor to high fearfulness in adulthood. Developmental Psychologist Koraly Pérez-Edgar calls extreme shyness a form of behavioral inhibition. This inhibition involves more than just a case of nerves about trying something new. The personality trait appears as early as infancy, and involves an ongoing fear of new stimuli. Behaviorally-inhibited children tend to limit their own environments, giving them few opportunities to practice social interaction—a behavior that can make anxiety even worse. They’re displaying a temperamental quality that is stable across one’s lifespan, and a relatively accurate predictor of adult fearfulness.
Read the entire article here: Childhood Shyness Predicts Adult Anxiety