Children who are anxious may avoid others and situations.
It has previously been discussed that some children have a shy personality. They prefer to stay with the people and situations that they know. When this becomes something to be concerned about, panic is a detriment to their social well-being. An avoidant personality disorder is characterized by the avoidance of personal relationships and social interactions. That occurs because of the extreme fear of being rejected by other people. Those who have developed this disorder feel inadequate, have limited trust in other people, and have low self-esteem. Some may even refuse to cooperate because that fear is so intense.
Children who have avoidant personality disorder will not want to be around other people, especially their peers. They will speak softly, be cautious when they talk, and appear awkward in a conversation. They are overly self-critical and self-conscious. These traits will occur in childhood and can be carried through to adulthood if left untreated. Take notice of how your children behave before school and during other events where they are forced to interact with other children. Anxious children may never be extroverted, but they may gain the self-confidence that they need to overcome their social fears.