Shyness

Canada, 1953

Film
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Abnormal shyness in children, its causes and how, through a greater understanding by parents and teachers, this problem may be dealt with. The lonely existence of a typical shy adult is portrayed, and the film then turns to a study of three children: Anna, shy but wistfully wanting association with others; Jimmy, whose excessive timidity is really a symptom of profound emotional disturbance; Robert, aloof but happily independent. Studying their conditions, a psychiatrist from the Child Guidance Clinic reveals the confidence-destroying demands of parents which predisposed the children to shyness. Together, teacher, psychiartrist and parents bring about a change in the children’s attitides. (Awards: Cleveland; New York; Toronto; Boston; Manila.)

Credits

director

Stanley Jackson

producer

Tom Daly

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:22:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

28512

Subject categories

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Child psychology

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Childhood

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Emotions in children

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Child psychology

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

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