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  1. The Child That Is Shy Angel Enrique Pacheco, Ph.D. Behavioral Humanistic Clinical Psychologist © 2003 Angel Enrique Pacheco, Ph.D. All Rights Reserved. Todos los Derechos Reservados.

  2. The Normal Child Basic Premise • Every child has the potential of becoming a fully functioning individual if given appropriate care, nutrition, love, acceptance, and a variety of experiences.

  3. Behavioral Description • Afraid • Non-assertive • Silent, non-verbal • Passive • Non-demanding • Seeks protection • Isolated emotionally and socially

  4. Probable Causes of Shyness • Punishment • Over-control • Over-protection • Reduced experiences

  5. Probable Consequences of Shyness • Tension, stress, and anxiety • Fear • Withdrawal • Loneliness and increased isolation • Reduced participation in class • Reduced socialization • Psychopathology (personality disorder)

  6. A Classic Pattern of Parental Inappropriate Training of A Child…

  7. Stress, Anger, and Frustration...

  8. Lead to Abuse...

  9. And Shyness….

  10. Changing Your Child’s Behavior • Determine the probable causes of your child’s shyness and change as necessary • Reinforce positively, often, your child’s expressions of assertiveness by eliciting his or her participation and opinion • Do not over-protect or “defend” your child • Help your child face the situations and “win” rather than escape or avoid them

  11. Important Basics • Talk to your child. Communicate your concerns and willingness to help • Enlist the collaboration of your child’s teacher and counselor • Increase your child’s after-school activities • Dedicate more quality time to your child • Seek professional help

  12. Instituto Dr. Pachecode PsicologíaLearn to Live Better® • Edificio Profesional Clínica Dr. Abel González • Avenida Independencia 105 • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic • Tel 809-686-6666; Fax 809-686-2222 • E-Mail: info@idpp.org • Internet: http://www.idpp.org/