The Best of Barbara Meltz, Part 2
For a shy child, middle school is likely to be the start of the hardest time of his life. ''That's when there's all this pressure to fit in socially," says psychologist Bernardo J. Carducci, director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast. ''For a child whose shyness gets in the way, it's like turning up the volume, intensifying the experience of feeling self-conscious and inadequate."
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