Shyness is one of the biggest psychological problems faced by many adolescents across the globe, irrespective of age, gender and status of development of society in which they live. It is one of the many personality traits that can weaken self-confidence if left unattended for a long time. For many people, shyness may look like a strange behavior but when you look at it closely, you will find that it is usually developed as a shield to prevent the person from getting known to people who might affect his well-being.
Many people are ignorant about the magnitude of the impact of this problem on their personal health and their performance in different walks of life. Those who want to get rid of this problem of shyness lack the idea as to what to do and sometimes land up doing wrong things and then finding no results.
In order to overcome shyness, there is a need to understand the behavioral aspects of human psychology so that you can know the reasons for certain personality disorders which are developed right from the childhood. If one understands the reasons, it is easy to get over shyness. There are many strategies to overcome shyness and Life Skills training is prominent among them. Although many adolescents undergo Life Skills Training to improve their personal effectiveness, it is not known as to whether it would specifically address the problem of shyness among adolescents. Hence, an attempt has been made to find out the effectiveness of Life Skills Individual Training and Life Skills Group Training in reducing shyness in adolescents of Bangalore. Different variables such as Social Skills, Gender, Culture, Technology, Environment, Training, Assertiveness, Modeling, Role Playing, Social Anxiety, Social Phobia, Personality, Internet Usage, Health, Biology, Genetics and Academic Achievement are covered in the study.
Participants consisted of Student Adolescents (aged 12-18) studying in classes 8 to 12 (from Bangalore) for the study. Of the total 500 students selected, 250 were male students and the remaining were females. Shyness Assessment Test (SAT) developed by D'Souza (2006) was employed to measure levels of shyness in 3 domains: Cognitive/affective, Physiological and Action-oriented. The researcher selected 96 shy adolescents who had high levels of shyness as confirmed in the pilot study (over 81 score) and divided them into Experimental group and Control group.
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