What to do about a shy adult son

Marguerite Kelly writes based on a question to the Washington Post advice column:

“My 20-year-old son — the youngest of three boys — is not only smart, funny, athletic and drop-dead gorgeous, but he got good grades in high school, played varsity baseball for four years and served in the student government.  However, he was, and is, desperately shy; he gets very little joy out of life and he has never had a close friend, even now that he’s a junior in college. It is as if his emotions were tied up in a straitjacket.”

Read the complete advice which includes the following:

“Terence Real’s book on depression is good, and so is the book on shyness by Antony and Swinson, but your son will probably get much more out of “The Science of Making Friends” by Elizabeth A. Laugeson. This book, which comes with its own DVD and an app, is based on the deep research the author did at UCLA, and it’s packed with specific details”


Kelly, Marguerite (2013, October 24). What to do about a shy adult son. Washington Post. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/advice/what-to-do-about-a-shy-adult-son/2013/10/21/3ca4c840-3803-11e3-ae46-e4248e75c8ea_story.html