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I Am Painfully Shy

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    Due to My School Career and My Past - My childhood wasn't the best in the world. My home life was safe (Thank GODDESS), but it was about the only thing in my life that was. School...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Feb 1, 2009

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    My Story Of Shyness And How Much I Want To Change It With My Passion For Music! - It is a longer story,because i never was different. But hopefully i want to find some people,who...
    ThePersistenceOfMemory ThePersistenceOfMemory 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    I can barely talk to people
    TrentKandinski TrentKandinski 18-21, M 6 Responses Feb 15

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    "what's Her Name Again?" - As a child, I was naturally shy, but a lot of issues in my life made it worse. I grew up in a very abusive household, and everything was...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 12, 2010

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    Can't Shake It. - I have always been shy, even around relatives and friends. In 7th grade, I grew out of it a little but, but now I'm 22 and I feel myself regressing. I NEVER sing...
    catsmeow89 catsmeow89 22-25, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2011

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    Awkward - I am a very shy person and I hate it. I'm very quiet when introduced to a new group of people. When you get to know me I will give you hugs all the time and be crazy and...
    imaginativespirit imaginativespirit 16-17, F 7 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Can't Fight Back -  I've been painfully shy all my life I thought it would be something i'd eventualy grow out of but i haven't, I've never been able to get a girlfriend, I've...
    Gaz7 Gaz7 51-55, M 12 Responses May 8, 2009

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    I Must Overcome It - Or it is going to ruin my life!! I've always been painfully shy. When I was little and my mom would take me somewhere, like to a birthdayparty, I would be too...
    Scarlet2 Scarlet2 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 9, 2013

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    I'M Shy And A Loner - I'm painfully shy like not even kidding it hurts to talk to people I don't know and even when Im with my friends I can't talk I have to push so so hard just...
    Ifuckinhatemyself Ifuckinhatemyself 18-21, M Aug 25, 2013

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    I am so shy when I look back my life feels like a 32 year awkward silence. I sit and think about what I think other people are thinking and it paralyzes me. I think about what I...
    teetoe1 teetoe1 31-35, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    Bad Timing To Lose Confidence... - So im not usually a shy guy. I find it easy to make new friends, im possibly the most talkative guy youll meet, but lately ive been having...
    GuruKisuke GuruKisuke 18-21, M Jul 11, 2013

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    At First I Am But After Awhile... - at first i am but after awhile i open up and then u cant shut me up..LOL
    irishwannabeky irishwannabeky 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2007

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    I wasn't as much when I was younger, but it's increased as I've gotten older. I can hardly look at people in the eye when they talk to me and I swear if one more person makes the...
    vlop vlop 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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    Shyness That Gets Worse - I wanted to share my story. Maybe someone else can relate. I am in my early 30s. I am married (2nd marriage). I've had a nice childhood. I was...
    guineverre77 guineverre77 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 18, 2011

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    And Totally Misunderstood. - So I am the shyest person I know. By a long shot. Sadly people confuse it with rudeness. When I hang out with people I'm not familiar with, I keep to...
    LillyRaven LillyRaven 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 21, 2013

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    I Am Scared And Shy - i am just so scared to talk to people i had friends in the past but all but 1 hurt me very badly sadly the 1 i do have is in my old school and it is very hard...
    music9189 music9189 13-15, F 1 Response Nov 10, 2012

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    Shy And Insecure... - I'm 17 and now a freshman in college. I thought everything would be different now that I'm in college. Everyone always seems so social and to have such...
    justbananas4 justbananas4 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 26, 2012

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    I don't like that about myself. When im presenting in class im like "i can do this" but once im up there all of a sudden i forget what im going too say and uuugh its so frustrating...
    chillynights024 chillynights024 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 23

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    Especially around cute girls, whom I kinda want to get in bed with in some part of my mind. I am still in love with my girlfriend that I asked to marry me back in my sophomore year...
    SkitLaberge SkitLaberge 18-21, F Mar 18

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    I have missed so much of life - getting to know people, going to parties and events, taking opportunities, even enjoying the company of others is hard for me because I know that I...
    thedarksideofmylife thedarksideofmylife 18-21, F 2 Responses Feb 10

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    Talking To New People Should'nt Be This Stressful - So I just started taking a couple college classes and Im hoping to get into the dating scene, but I've never once in my life...
    Sulka19 Sulka19 18-21, M Nov 2, 2012

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    Insecure - When I was in elementary I never been this shy and insecure.I had confident in myself and now it's fading away. It began when I was in 5th or 6th ever since then I've...
    1 Response Jan 22, 2013

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    I'm Not Acting Shy! I Am Shy! - I have always been very shy. It's just how I was and it's no different now that I'm older. Growing up, my family would often tell me to stop acting...
    BelleofApril BelleofApril 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 17, 2012

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    So Shy........... - I'm shy everytime I have to get along with people. Even if I want to talk to them, my social anxiety just gets the better of me....and I hate it. Whether if...
    quietgurl14 quietgurl14 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 8, 2011

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    I Gotta Know - Okay...so Im fixing to get married. People,when someone gets married,tend to butt in and try offering advice and other stuff. Does anyone know why people feel the...
    LdsGirl LdsGirl 26-30, F Sep 25, 2012

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    People Scare Me A Little - I don't know why I almost expect everyone to attack me or something. I walk around tense and nervous. I'll still get into an argument with people who...
    Dyssey Dyssey 70+, F Aug 17, 2013

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    Shyness Is Ruining My Career - I've just started a new job in finance, I've been to university and have a degree in accounting. I am too shy to talk to my colleagues and they never...
    Alipink Alipink 22-25, F 1 Response May 15, 2013

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    Friendship Loss - “Have you considered your options?” A smile plasters upon my face as I respond, easily, though perhaps too quickly. “No, I’m not planning that far in...
    justbananas4 justbananas4 16-17, F Mar 6, 2013

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    .o. - I am positive that I was born shy, but I also think many things layered to create more shyness as I grew older instead of growing out of it. One example, I was physically...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jan 21, 2009

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    True - I am shy more in person. I am shy in relationships, to the point where I get emotionally hurt very badly. This has happened on several occasions. I am a quiet person, and am...
    Rezsosangel Rezsosangel 16-18 2 Responses Apr 23, 2008

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    Around New People I Am Really ... - Around new people I am really shy.  I don't really talk to new people.  I am always too worried about what people think about me. ...
    renegadeangel renegadeangel 26-30, F 3 Responses Oct 12, 2007

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    Choked. - My mind is an autobahn of words, thoughts, opinions, and life. I make myself laugh at my own inside jokes, music plays in my head, and I know that I'm very quick witted...
    lostinwunderland lostinwunderland 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 10, 2011

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    I Am Painfully Shy - I am 27 years male. I am very shy and fearful of strangers from my childhood till now. I have my own theory for the plight I am in- My parents don't talk much...
    vinodkmar vinodkmar 26-30 3 Responses Oct 27, 2010

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    Me And Shyness - Some people just don't get it about shy people, I don't want to be shy. I've attempted about five times at school, not to be shy. One day, in 8th grade I made...
    terrablast765 terrablast765 16-17 1 Response Mar 2, 2013

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    I've Always Been - I don't really know how to handle it..it pretty much is the main reason for my loneliness and depressionI've always been against it..though some people said it's...
    BlackDiamondFairy BlackDiamondFairy 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 6, 2011

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    Shyness Is A Killer - I get frustrated, why am i so shy, but so out going, Avoiding peopole, because i think they think im wierd or i will screw up, why is it so Dang hard, Why...
    JoshoMG JoshoMG 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 13, 2013

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    I Hate The Awkward Silences I Create. - I can't help it... I freeze up when people talk to me. I know that what you're meant to do when someone talks to you is ask them a friendly...
    iamabirdnow iamabirdnow 18-21 1 Response May 29, 2010

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    Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone - To really get to know yourself, you sort of have to do things you don't like doing, best way to discover things about yourself. for example, going...
    VectorVent VectorVent 22-25, M Aug 28, 2012

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    Ever Feel Like You Just Have Nothing To Say? - One thing that bothers me is when people call me "quiet". I could be in a social setting and someone would go "Why are you so quiet...
    EndlessApathy EndlessApathy 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 14, 2012

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    A Mask I Put On Everytime - When I was young I was very shy. I was so shy that I missed some great opportunities. I have cried alot because of my shyness. I'm also shy around...
    losttNconfused losttNconfused 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    Too Shy For My Own Good - i almost never initiate anything with people. a lot of times its because i dont want to though. even when i do want to i usally dont. i am much better...
    EdgeCrusher EdgeCrusher 26-30, M Apr 23, 2011

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    And Can't Change My Self ... - Well, as it's said, I'm painfully shy, I've tried so hard to change it, but it's getting worse and worse... My problem started in my early teenage...
    youaremygift youaremygift 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 17, 2013

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    I Am Trying To Be Less Shy And Its Hard But I'm Getting There - I was born as an introvert, i never talked to anyone and i was always quiet. i still remember getting a good report...
    jonnyronny jonnyronny 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 11, 2010

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    Please Help With Psychology Research - Hi, I am researching avatars and their naturalness. The more research that is done the better we will understand how to make avatars...
    hpruitt12 hpruitt12 22-25 Jun 12, 2013

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    Shyness Is Ruining Everything. - I've been shy all my life and I hate it because it just makes it so hard to connect with new people and to make new friends. My shyness has got...
    BrokenAngelWishes BrokenAngelWishes 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 25, 2009

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    I Think Im Just Scared - I'm really shy sometimes when someone tries to talk to me i blush,avoid eye contact and hope they will stop talking, notice i'm unconfortable, or leave...
    0whatsername 0whatsername 18-21, F Mar 20, 2013

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    Participating In Class - Currently I am in an advanced placement history class, and so there are only seven other students not counting me. Everyone in that class is very outspoken...
    flyingintherain flyingintherain 18-21, F 9 Responses Dec 21, 2008

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    Too Shy -   I've always been very shy, more so during my adolescence when I was extremely sef-conscious than I am now. During junior high and high school I was very...
    Powderblue Powderblue 36-40, F 3 Responses Jun 7, 2009

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    How I Overcomemy Shy... - Im an extremely shy once...as time passed by my age become older....im 18 now..im i can fully control my shyness now..here how i manage to overcome it...
    RaidaraX RaidaraX 18-21, M Dec 2, 2012

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    Used To Be Shy - hi i used to be really shy and that caused me problems in my school and even in my life in general.i know shy people choose to be lonely afraid from people's...
    justme11111 justme11111 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 8, 2013

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