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Kind of like:

  • not verbose
  • not good at expressing oneself
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marked as duplicate by medica, oerkelens, Ronan, choster, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jun 16 '14 at 18:57

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Have you looked in a thesaurus or a dictionary for antonyms to verbose? reticent or diffident, for example? There are many words for not expressing. Without a bit more context, it's hard to guess which one is best. – medica Jun 16 '14 at 4:26
Socially inept? – user3306356 Jun 16 '14 at 5:08
Emo... I kid, i kid. – Adsy Jun 16 '14 at 10:01
It depends quite a lot on the reason for the behaviour: If the person is not verbose because they choose not to talk, they are taciturn, reticent or reserved; if it is because they are not good at talking, they are inarticulate or poorly spoken. (Though you would only know such when they do talk!) – Sam Jun 16 '14 at 12:00
Is "in person" the critical point? As in, they can write words and thoughts, and adequately convey their emotions in writing; but get all flustered and tongue-tied trying to do it face to face (or in front of a group)? – Phil Perry Jun 16 '14 at 15:05

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Well, "not good at expressing onself" sounds like "inarticulate." "Not verbose" sounds like "quiet," or perhaps "reticent."

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Timid seems like a good option here, since you seen to be indicating that in-person is key.

I think that perhaps taciturn could work even better.

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"Tongue-tied" might describe that red-faced, ear-ringing, throbbing jugular panic that accompanies sudden speechlessness in the moment of truth.

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I think reticent may give the idea:

Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself.

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There's no single word I can think of.

However, the usual expression is poor verbal communication skills (a mouthful, but that's what it is.)

See Verbal Communication on selfgrowth and Communication Skills on WP.

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Cerebrotonic Designating a personality type characterised as intellectual, introverted, and emotionally restrained.

Reserved: formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man. 4. characterized by reserve, as the disposition, manner, etc.: reserved comments.

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I found a reference once to Alexithymia in a biographical work and was intrigued by the concept. Wikipedia says: "a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self".

After doing some research, it is actually a specific medical term used for clinical diagnosis: A person who might appear as an automaton in both personal and social situations. However, in the biographical work I was reading, it was used much more loosely. For example, men raised in broken families, perhaps in inner-city, survival-of-the-fittest environments, will have trouble later in life showing emotion, forming attachments and expressing love, and the author uses the word "alexithymia" in this context.

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Reserved would be a good option when the person chooses to keep her/his thoughts to herself/himself.

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Stilted also a possibility:

(Of a manner of talking or writing) stiff and self-conscious or unnatural

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see the word dyslogia- impaired ability to express ideas verbally.

for inability to express thoughts in written, consider agraphia.

if this doesn't satisfy you then choose the answer voted most.

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Verbally (conversationally) challenged.

A euphemism is "visual learner".

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How about "ineloquent," lacking eloquence?

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