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Quiet vs. Shy

There are plenty of articles about the difference between being quiet and shy, but since this is, we’re going to apply the concept to people with Asperger’s.

There is a difference between being quiet and being shy. The basic definitions are the levels of anxiety with socializing. Shy people don’t like to talk. Quiet people don’t need to talk.

It’s a common stereotype to perceive a person with Asperger’s as a person who doesn’t like to socialize because they are shy and don’t understand social rules. A person with Asperger’s isn’t automatically going to know the social rules, but they will be taught. Shyness is actual distress from the prospect of conversation, fear of judgment, or making a mistake. It’s a prison.

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