The balance lies in the middle of two extremes. In this case, the way of being of most children is between extroversion and introversion. Although it is true that there is always an approach towards one of these personality traits that are in the extremes. In the case of introverted children, should we help them to change their introversion?
In the case of meeting an introverted child, we can see that they are people who:
- It is difficult for them to share their feelings and express themselves emotionally.
- They are observers.
- They have great listening skills.
- They are calm and thoughtful. They think things through before saying them.
- They prefer to do activities on their own rather than in a group.
- They tend to see mistakes as failures and do not consider them as opportunities for improvement.
- They are creative and have a lot of imagination.
- They relate to others discreetly, trying not to stand out.
Contrary to what we said about extroverts who found their energy of action through interaction with others, introverts energize mainly through the reflection of the ideas that are in their own minds.
Introverted children do not necessarily meet the same characteristics, what is more, they can be divided into two categories:
- Type 1 introverts, who are self-reliant and confident.
- Type 2 introverts, who have low self-confidence, fear social interaction, and lack communication skills. This type of introversion is the best known and is often mistakenly associated with anxiety and confused with "shyness."
Being shy is not considered a personality trait as in the case of introversion. In addition, one of the main differences between being shy and introversion is that the shy person has a fear of social contact and is even inhibited from relating, and this is accompanied by irrational ideas about not being accepted by others.
In contrast, children who are introverts have few personal relationships but of their own choosing. It is they who choose their relationships and choose to enjoy good personal relationships that are not numerous but satisfactory for them.
Parents should know that the child is introverted is not a bad thing, it is just part of his personality. In order to help you, we leave you some guidelines for action:
- Respect the child's rhythm. Do not force the child to approach others in social encounters. They need to observe first before gradually interacting. To do this, it is necessary to facilitate the child with games this approach without pressuring him.
- Not criticize. You must respect the child's personality and not criticize him for having few friends or going out little when he is older. It is your decision.
- Essay of social situations. At home, everyday scenes of social relationships can be represented where the father or mother and the child play a role to gain security.
- Do not speak for the child. The fact that he is introverted does not justify assuming his communication for the child, that is, the adult should not ask for things for him or solve these situations on his behalf.
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