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‘Anxious’ Is the New ‘Shy’

Introversion is a personality trait, not a disorder

An anxious woman looks down while at the park.
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AA thirtysomething couple named Toni and Adam were visiting my psychology practice to discuss their daughter’s upcoming transition to the fifth grade. When making the appointment over the phone, Toni explained that 9-year-old Alina had always felt uneasy in social settings. Even as a baby, she’d been “fussy and tense.”

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Lisa Damour

Lisa Damour

Dr. Lisa Damour is a psychologist, two-time New York Times best-selling author, monthly New York Times columnist, and regular contributor to CBS News.