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    I am painfully shy and have been

    since I was little. Sometimes I've thought that it would be better to be stupid than shy because at least I'd have friends. Then I laugh at what a silly little thought I just had :)
    Lenimentus81 Lenimentus81 18-21, M Nov 8

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    I'm shy but I really like this person.

    I take quick glances across the courtyard every morning at assembly.. Some times I think that person may be looking at me too but I can never be too certain. Once we made eye contact and I was overwhelmed with nervousness but felt so excited at the same time. I wonder what that...
    hesitations hesitations 16-17, M 3 Responses Dec 3

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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 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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    I may seem crazy on here

    but in real life I can be like a mute sometimes ._.
    NinjaKitteh1999 NinjaKitteh1999 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 20

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    this is one of the reasons I join ep to see

    if it can help me overcome my shyness, especially when it comes to the opposite gender. I don't really know how to talk with girls so if their are any girls out there that would like to help me I would really appreciated.
    shadowdragon24 shadowdragon24 22-25, M 2 Responses Oct 19

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    Recently I've been doing something with my

    school's band program to help the 6th graders across the street with learning a specific instrument (flute). I really want to help them and I know what I want to say, but I always have issues saying it, mainly because I don't want to give them the wrong advice, but also because...
    ForgottenCelestria ForgottenCelestria 16-17, F 1 Response Dec 9

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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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    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 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!
    BeChiBaChan BeChiBaChan 16-17, F 2 Responses Feb 13

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    I rarely ever talk to people first,

    and that is only if I really need to ask them an important question. I won't introduce myself to people either. :/ I tried the whole "social" thing before and people just seem to not want to talk to me. So that may be why I started to fear talking to people. Maybe it's because I...
    Knixveus5 Knixveus5 18-21, M 5 Responses Dec 9

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    My crush flirts with me all the time.

    I'm just too shy to ask him out.
    Alisha39 Alisha39 16-17, F 2 Responses Dec 7

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    I really am and it actually makes me mad

    sometimes because it has kept me from alot of different thngs
    gentlyyours707 gentlyyours707 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 29

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    Except when I drink Tequila .

    .. Then I am NOT!! ;oP
    GingerGirl46 GingerGirl46 36-40, F 10 Responses Nov 19

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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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    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 56-60, M 3 Responses Jul 25, 2012

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    I don't talk to people much.

    I only talk to my coworkers or classmates when they ask me something, and then its only a couple of words. I talk with my roommate the most but thats not much. When I'm not working or in class I spend most of my time in my room. I love EP and other sites because I can...
    EllieMarieM EllieMarieM 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 20

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    I just posted my first picture in my album,

    and I'm sitting here freaking out because I'm so shy and . . . uhhh . . . picture of me! Maybe I should delete it . . . ?
    thewritestuff27 thewritestuff27 18-21, F 4 Responses Dec 10

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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 9 Responses Sep 1, 2012

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    I honestly believe no one is

    as shy as me. I refuse to wear shorts because they show my legs and I panic because I don't like my body to be shown, same goes for shirts. My arms are skinny and I hate it. It was 30 degrees and I was wearing a jacket and pretending it wasn't hot. That's also why I try avoid...
    fatality500 fatality500 13-15, M 1 Response Oct 17

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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.. 😔
    SleepyRose22 SleepyRose22 22-25, F 2 Responses Jun 18

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    So I was doing a livescan

    for the beautiful girl! The way she looked at me the amount of time I purposely took just to hold her hand! Works at Land Rover! The way she looked at me! I was so red! I finally had the courage to ask for her number, I checked her hands for a ring, but she said she couldn't...
    Kevin444 Kevin444 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I can be shy at times,

    it often depends on the day, my mood, how confident I am feeling. This varies dramatically. However, I joined experienceproject so I could start being myself, and now when I post an experience, I feel shy on here too! I now wait a couple of days or more sometimes because I am...
    shellofaboy shellofaboy 18-21, M 2 Responses Nov 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 7 Responses Jun 9, 2013

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    I'm shy sometimes. I don't know why.

    ...its just the way I am.
    Rayven1997 Rayven1997 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 1

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    Is it possible to be shy

    but outgoing at the same time? Like I "put a face on" to hide my shyness and I think people can tell it's forced.
    emiveritas emiveritas 18-21, F 7 Responses Aug 1

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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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    It may be cute to guys

    but being shy has it's cons. Most work places requires someone to be outgoing or a people person. I am outgoing when I get to know you more but at first I am shy and since I have been working I always get told something like " you can't be shy" It's a trait I am born with and...
    PetiteChica PetiteChica 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 10

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    people think im stuck up

    but i really am just shyyyy
    Heyababe Heyababe 18-21, F 5 Responses Nov 11

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    Carlson18 Carlson18 22-25 1 Response Nov 2

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    StraightShemale StraightShemale 18-21, T 1 Response Oct 20

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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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    I can't talk to strangers.

    I just can't. I start stuttering and speaking really softly to the point that every sentence I say, they ask "What?" It gets really embarrassing... I also hate using the phone or any type of video chat. I'd rather text that person than have to deal with the awkward silences...
    Redhy11 Redhy11 16-17, F 7 Responses Jul 28

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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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    I hate being this way

    but I cant help it, I always feel like what I have to say is not important.
    DannibalLecter99 DannibalLecter99 13-15, M 2 Responses 5 days ago

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    I am a lion and I want to be free.

    Do you see a lion when you look inside of me.
    SimplyAtheist SimplyAtheist 22-25, M 4 Responses Nov 8

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    I won't ever talk first to someone.

    That's just how I am ...
    oxxxmv oxxxmv 18-21, F 8 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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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 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Judging from my photos,

    you might not think it. However, I am a very shy and timid man if I don't know you, and it takes me a little while to warm up to new faces. But dont let that scare you, give me a holler!
    PatrickMoosePants PatrickMoosePants 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 21

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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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    LoneLegend LoneLegend 13-15, M 2 Responses Dec 10

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    It is easier for me to write online

    and pm sometimes than talk face to face
    Will0108 Will0108 36-40, M Nov 9

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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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    And I hate it... I feel like it's restricting

    my life too much. I'm scared to be myself around new people like what if they don't like me so I just say nothing until I get more comfortable. I hope I could be social and bubbly right from the start but it just doesn't come naturally to me...
    Careisla Careisla 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 30

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    when i add someone, that means i wanna get to

    know them but am too shy to start a conversation so i'm hoping they'll start one... but they rarely do. :(
    shuthafukup shuthafukup 26-30 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    I'm especially shy if someone were to

    repeatedly compliment my looks or start flirting with me. I most likely will stutter and blush like an idiot.
    LoveIsInTheBlood LoveIsInTheBlood 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 11

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    I hate some people at school they annoy me to

    much That call me names like sumo sage or biggie smalls it makes me so mad my brother makes me mad a lot to he beats me up all the time just two nights ago he crushed me he elbowed my chest I had to lift him off of me I never fight back I don't fight out of my kendo classes or...
    natsufairy12 natsufairy12 18-21, M 5 Responses Dec 5

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    Cheshirecupacat Cheshirecupacat 13-15, F 8 Responses Dec 8

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    For a while only after

    that not shy anymore. Haha
    myraaxx myraaxx 13-15, F Nov 18

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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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    Bornedconfused Bornedconfused 22-25, M Dec 6

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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 9 Responses May 21, 2010