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Unhappy Overcoming shyness? - December 1st 2010, 05:01 AM

I don't know where 'Overcoming shyness?' would go, but I put it under this category anyway
So that's my situation. I've always been a naturally shy person as I grew older, but strangely I was more 'out' and open to people when I was a little child. I'm not super, super shy person, but I am a little in there. I don't know what happened But now, I always worry that someone won't like me and that's why sometimes It's hard for me to start conversations. I also worry that the person won't like me. It's kind of hard for me to be myself with other people, but not my two sole friends. That's why I often feel lonely and I feel it's starting to bother me lately. Soo..how can I be more open to others and break out of my shell? I need to open up to people. I am trying but I need to try a little harder..I will be okay Thanks everyone who helps I appreciate any answer.


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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 1st 2010, 07:58 PM

I think it would be really helpful for you to read through this website:
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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 2nd 2010, 01:46 AM

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I think it would be really helpful for you to read through this website:
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Thanks for your help but I definitely don't have social anxiety disorder. I love d being called on in class and I don't mind talking in class, using public bathrooms or eating and drinking in public, etc. . it's only that i'm a little shy when it comes to meeting people. Sorry I didn't mean to overeact with what I said.


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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 2nd 2010, 06:29 PM

Sorry - I wasn't suggesting that you had social anxiety disorder! I was suggesting the tips like being aware of your thoughts, volunteering at something you enjoy, and working on communication skills
   
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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 2nd 2010, 09:48 PM

I used to be pretty shy myself and I found that learning good communication skills and social skills helped me a LOT. Once you know how to do something and you practice a bit you won't be afraid. It's no different when dealing with people. Nobody teaches conversation skills so you assume it's just natural. But it's not. Start reading some good books and you will be surprised how much better you can be! I used to be afraid of talking to new people. Now i find it easy.
   
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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 8th 2010, 04:43 AM

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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 8th 2010, 06:49 AM

What I find helpful, personally, is if I'm nervous in a social situation, I wear a ring and twirl it around my finger. Like, in meetings at the Employment Help Centre I go to, I have this ring my boyfriend gave me, and I wear it. When I get really nervous, I spin it around my finger.


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Re: Overcoming shyness? - December 17th 2010, 01:44 AM

My goodness you sound just like me=) I am the exact same way. I have always been shy too and never had that many friends. Some of my friends do have a lot of friends and I am always saying to them how lucky they are for that because I wish that could be me. I do have some friends and I do have a lot of aquantences. But I wish I had more. I get very nervous around people and like you, I get afraid that when I try to make friends with someone, they won't like me. I find though, that a really easy and small thing to do is talk to the people at your table in your classes. That helps you make more friends and makes some of your classes more enjoyable. I have actually met most of my friends through passing notes in class. Thats how I met my best friend even=)


   
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