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I Am Shy

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    ._______. Wow, so many friendly people on here.

    .and then there's me, who doesn't know what to say u______u Sorry, friends
    Riley218 Riley218 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 11

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    It's true, no matter how much i talk online.

    In person i tend to just sit/stand there rarely speaking, or i simply nod, shake my head or shrug.
    Anth1290 Anth1290 22-25, M 5 days ago

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    Boys Are The Problem!!!!!

    I've had this very strange problem of shying when it comes to communicating with men. I frequently shy away from interacting with boys even if it is needed. i dont know why but i get nervous. And sometimes even if i try to interact with them , i get confused. i become...
    hiddentears hiddentears 22-25, F 7 Responses May 21, 2010

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    I'm taking a class in high school

    and I'm pretty sure it will have a lot of presentation type stuff but I am super shy. How do I get over the stage fright/ shyness?
    jordan43930 jordan43930 13-15, F 4 Responses a week ago

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    Terribly shy I'm extremely shy,

    and apparently shyness isn't good if you're someone in my area. I have always been shy for as long as I can remember. I am a friendly person who takes a while to warm to new people so in the meantime I'm usually trying to get to know the person. My shynesss often keeps me from...
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 2 Responses May 29

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    My parents always said

    if I don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. People always wonder why I don't talk.
    dummy911 dummy911 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Lil Shy Girl

    I am one of the shyest girl ever. Unless you are one of my closest friends, I am the type of girl to be standing in the ground. Looking at the ground curling my hair around my finger. I am not the type of girl who can write and write in a story. So sorry if my stories are short...
    AnisaRose AnisaRose 18-21, F 3 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    and I hate it! sometimes I cant find a subject

    to talk about.. I can not develop deep friendships.. when I have alcohol talking is easier, actually everything is easier.. I want to be relax without taking alcohol but its not easy to change
    acinu acinu 26-30, F 5 Responses Jan 23

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    At my age I'd like to think

    that I've outgrown my shyness. Sure, I can hold my own in social conversations and deal with talking to people, but that doesn't mean I'm not shy. Talking to people is not always easy--I feel like most words from my mouth are airless and useless. I feel like I have little...
    TheFadingAuthor TheFadingAuthor 18-21, F 2 Responses May 25

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    School is staring soon

    and my boy friend moved schools. I'm starting sophomore year and I'm super shy. I have a lot of close friends but I'm in advanced classes and they're not. Idk what to do because I'm terribly shy and I'm scared to do something stupid.. 😞
    jordan43930 jordan43930 13-15, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Almost Too Shy to Do This

    I'm so shy that even writing on here anonymously is a little scary for me. I hate when people tell me "You don't need to be shy" or "Stop being shy" because if I could turn it off like a lightswitch, i would have done so ages ago. This is the first story i've...
    aprilrain47 aprilrain47 21-25, F 6 Responses Aug 11, 2007

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    It's just the way I am.

    I don't how to say it any other way, I'm shy. Everybody I get to know makes me so nervous because I always have this feeling like I'm about to make a fool of myself or I already am. It feels like whatever I'm trying to say is wrong, like I'm not saying it right. I keep re...
    TheTshirt TheTshirt 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 3

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    I Am a Shy person In Real Life

    Yeah i am very very shy in real life. i have joined many groups on here as i am frustrated as i am suppressing my feelings and emotions and feel sad to be truthful. i have close friends who i trust which is good as i am not an extrovert at all. i like being amongst people that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 10 Responses Sep 1, 2012

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    Idk there's just really cool people on here

    that I would love to talk to but I'm scared they will think I'm creepy or weird so I just don't talk....😳
    lewis349 lewis349 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    So pretty much I'm so shy

    and it's ruining my life and I just want to be more outgoing and confident but I don't know how. I don't have many friends because of my shyness and I have no real best friends. Pretty much all problems I have in life are caused by my shyness.
    alexis1312 alexis1312 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 12

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    Sense And Sensibility

    “I never wish to offend, but I am so foolishly shy, that I often seem negligent, when I am only kept back by my natural awkwardness ... Shyness is only the effect of a sense of inferiority in some way or other. If I could persuade myself that my manners were perfectly easy and...
    sciguy18 sciguy18 51-55, M 2 Responses Jul 25, 2012

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    I'm not sure what it is,

    but something is holding me back from being who I really am and from talking to people, even my own friends
    hebr0 hebr0 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 1

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    Around people I don't know I feel nervous

    as hell, I feel so afraid of saying something and so stupid for not saying anything.
    InsanelySaneGuy InsanelySaneGuy 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 3

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    In person I am actually very reserved.

    I don't open up easily and tend to look for cues to figure out the other person.
    Booksaremypassion Booksaremypassion 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 1

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    I'm really shy at a lot of things.

    ..I can sing but I can sing in front of more than 4 people I can dance but I shake and get really nervous and I can't meet new people but if I do Im really quite and can't get a word out
    hellokitti hellokitti 13-15, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I'm extremely shy, and apparently shyness isn't

    good if you're someone in my area. I have always been shy for as long as I can remember. I am a friendly person who takes a while to warm to new people so in the meantime I'm usually trying to get to know the person. My shynesss often keeps me from talking to people. I like...
    Lovelife090994 Lovelife090994 18-21, M 4 Responses May 25

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    Why Are You So Quiet?

    I've had that type of question directed at me more times than i can count. Along with sarcastic remarks like "Shut up man", among others. I don't understand how people with good social skills don't get the fact that it bothers me when they say stuff like that. Especially my...
    JP1990 JP1990 22-25 5 Responses Jan 15, 2013

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    Im shy, but i try to act like im not.

    everyone knows that i am and its just all sort of weird. I get really nervous when I have to talk to someone im not comfortable with for over 2 minutes. palm sweat kinda thing. I look away and avoid eye contact, and I guess that can be awkward for the other person too. Haha...
    martiangrrl martiangrrl 16-17, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I hate being shy. It is

    so annoying. I can't even say hi to someone...ugh.. But i'm never shy on the internet. Why it is so easy on the internet and it is hard in real life. But i have friends i am never shy with, but i wanna make new friends, but it never get me anywhere when i'm shy:(
    RuthPaul00 RuthPaul00 13-15, F 2 Responses May 21

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    So many people I know kept telling me to break

    out of it already... Well it's not that simple. Wish they can just understand. If not, I would like for them to just back off and give me more time to overcome it. I don't need impatient people in my life.. 😔
    TearfulNights22 TearfulNights22 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 18

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    I love to talk to new people.

    But only on the internet.. In person i mumble, freeze up, and will avoid all eye contact with you until ive gotten to know you.The internet has done me a lot of good haha
    Ashleyy2 Ashleyy2 13-15, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Rock The Shy!

    I enjoyed reading a lot of these experiences but I realized that being shy or introverted is seen as a weakness in society. But is it really? Being outgoing and extroverted is great but it shouldn't be seen as superior to someone who has the opposite characteristics. Yes, I am...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 8, 2013

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    I may seem crazy on here

    but in real life I can be like a mute sometimes ._.
    NinjaKitteh1999 NinjaKitteh1999 18-21, F 5 Responses Jan 20

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    Painfully...

    I always have been and I always will be...takes me a long while to loosen up around people, especially around people I admire and have respect for ! Sometimes I get so nervous before talking to someone that I have to rehearse ! Even here on EP, where pretty much anything goes I...
    phillyphan78 phillyphan78 31-35, F 46 Responses Feb 11, 2011

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    luvelylyn luvelylyn 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 19

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    Hi I'm Matt, 28 from london.

    I don't know where to start but for the last couple of years my shyness and social anxiety has really affected me, I usually think about it every 5 mins even when sitting at home. It's got really bad recently, last week I had to go and see my boss in his office to get paid, the...
    jomato28 jomato28 26-30, M 3 Responses Feb 16

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    I don't like to talk to strangers,

    especially girls and women. I feel like they are constantly judging me and will talk behind my back, so I never speak in public places. I have very low self-confidence, I never go to parties and I never go to a hair salon because I feel intimidated by beautiful confident people...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Apr 19

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    I won't ever talk first to someone.

    That's just how I am ...
    oxxxmv oxxxmv 16-17, F 8 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    I Am Very Shy

    I am really shy...It takes me a while to open up to people..but when i open up im really cool to be around..and very funny. The only people im very open around are my boyfriend, my bestfriend and thats really about it. I get super anxious and nervous because im afraid of what...
    Angelwithbrokenwingsxo Angelwithbrokenwingsxo 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 31, 2013

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    I wonder always what others are thinking of me.

    I like to hear from others. I consider the comments of my well wishers as a chance to improve myself. I expect and eagerly waiting the comments of others to make a positive change. Thinking like this, accidently I came across the below quote of “Osho” which inspires me to...
    fikrisharif fikrisharif 41-45, M 1 Response May 24

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    I used to be really bold

    until I entered middle school. Now I just prefer to stay in my shell, it's safe in here.
    PurpleHart PurpleHart 16-17, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    That socially awkward introverted geek standing

    by themselves in a party, fiddling with an iPhone...
    SensitiveSelf SensitiveSelf 13-15 4 Responses Jun 15

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    its a pain in the *** to be shy.

    you dont get to meet people and do stuff everyone is doing on a daily basis. you are alone and concious of it but dont dare to do something against it. Even though i know its a fact that im shy and a little bit sick of it, i constantly hear im social, funny and a down to earth...
    vickepicke vickepicke 16-17, M 3 days ago

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    Ridiculously shy.... Around new people.

    ..... And girls -_- haha. I've always been this way.
    TeethTheSizeOfPianoKeys TeethTheSizeOfPianoKeys 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 25

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    Yes I am. But you know what though?

    Shy people end up being the coolest people when you talk to them. Give them a chance!!
    goldengirl24 goldengirl24 22-25, F 4 Responses Feb 7

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    I am shy. I have always been shy

    for a big part of my life. However, once you get to know me, my weird , funny, cheesy , part of me comes out. I guess im just shy when i dont know someone, but throughout the years i have improved. For instance, ive learned that if you like someone, don't just sit there and wait...
    iamjorge iamjorge 22-25, M 1 Response Jan 22

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    Many people think I'm really confident

    but I'm actually really shy. Especially with guys I like or I think are cute. I act confident but I'm really freaking out inside and wanna hide.
    beautifulc0nfessions beautifulc0nfessions 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 1

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    I'm a really shy girl.

    I can not talk normally to people. I speak oddly, I reddened and I look at the floor when someone speaks to me. if I fall in love with a guy, I can not tell him. I stay in my corner and I imagine scenarios. Also, if I have an oral presentation, I panic. I start crying and it's...
    Tromal Tromal 16-17, F 5 Responses Dec 31, 2013

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    Why Am I So Shy

    Hi, I am new here. I was always a shy child. My mother was extremely shy. This makes it difficult to connect with people. So this is where I think the social anxiety comes from. I always felt alone. Probably because I have a very small family. I was not emotionally connected to...
    Cassandra Cassandra 51-55, F 22 Responses Apr 10, 2007

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    my whole life i've been really shy.

    i can talk to you over the internet but in person its really hard. i get nervous and ****.
    xxxalyssabrownxxx xxxalyssabrownxxx 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    i hate it. I can talk on here perfectly fine

    but in person i cant. Im allways afraid to say the wrong thing. I need to not be shy, no girls want someone who is afraid to talk.
    tribetown tribetown 16-17, M 3 Responses Jun 21

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    I'm confident with people I know

    and would probably talk the most around people I am familiar with. But if I don't know someone I am often not confident enough to be the first to speak, probably from a fear of rejection.
    MattySomeone MattySomeone 18-21, M Jul 6

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    I talk a lot except when I'm not around people

    I know , I get very shy even though I very outgoing and adventurous
    Haayyyythere Haayyyythere 13-15, F 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    Can I sing? Yes. Can I dance?

    Yes. Will anyone ever know that? No. I was shy since my early childhood, and my shyness has only increased since. Engaging in a conversation isn't easy, and when it comes to speaking in front of people ...I would rather die.
    LaurenJFisher LaurenJFisher 22-25 3 Responses Jan 2

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    i hate being shy. I wish i was outgoing

    and loud. I even get shy when talking to new people. I panic. Although i have much improved, there is still a long way to go.
    AbdulRaheem123 AbdulRaheem123 18-21, M 2 Responses Jan 9

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    It'S Getting Worse

    I've been shy since childhood. It's weird... I have a strong personality and I can be extremely friendly... But I get awfully nervous when I meet new people or when I'm in crowded places. I really hate when I have to attend to big meetings or when I need to take my kids to a...
    anonimacy anonimacy 36-40, F 9 Responses Jun 9, 2013

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    I Hate Being Shy...

    I work at a fast food place, so it is out of my comfort zone... My coworkers were laughing at me because I couldn't get myself to yell for one of the managers... I feel awful about it, I wish they would understand that I just can't get myself to yell in front of other people...
    sailingtonowhere sailingtonowhere 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 29, 2013

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    I am really shy, especially

    when it comes to talking to girls.
    captaindexter captaindexter 22-25, M 3 Responses a week ago

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    I find it really hard to talk to someone in

    person, but when I talk to someone online I feel like I've just made a new friend!