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I 'm Actually Quite Shy

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    I used to not be shy,

    when I was little I would randomly walk up to people and ask them if they wanted to be my friend. But I got older, I moved around a lot. And I learned what it was like to be severely bullied. Long story short, I didn't like people anymore and got nervous around crowds. I'm...
    YurraYo28 YurraYo28 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    roadsterusa roadsterusa 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 15

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    clym3378 clym3378 31-35, M Aug 3

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    It's actually difficult to start a conversation

    with someone who you don't know & is a complete stranger. Most people would probably find it difficult I guess. Not sure if that means you are actually being shy though..
    uselessguy uselessguy 36-40, M Aug 18

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    I am very shy especially with women I can't

    take it when they smile at me omg !! Yes I know it's pathetic D:
    Princeofthesky Princeofthesky 18-21, M 1 Response Aug 5

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    It's really hard being someone

    who is shy because you get so many opportunities to meet the greatest people but you just get so shy that your mind stops and you hide. The worst part is that when someone is trying to start a conversation with you, you end up not knowing what to say and then become this...
    Minniebeeb Minniebeeb 16-17, F 4 Responses Aug 10

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    I am unmatchably shy,

    my social skills need some work on but I am so shy that when someone asks me to go to a random person and tell then Hello, what are you doing?, etc... I would chicken out and probably just walk off in shame or stay where I am and just convince someone else to do "my" job of...
    WillToonz WillToonz 13-15, M 4 Responses Aug 13

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    Whenever I talk, people make me feel stupid.

    Therefore, I just don't talk anymore.
    Dreamer32 Dreamer32 26-30, F 11 Responses May 13

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    I've always kept to myself ever

    since I can remember
    Asdfghjklasdfghjklllllll Asdfghjklasdfghjklllllll 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 4

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    I don't know if I could ever be able to talk

    more comfortably around new people or the distant ones. I mean I don't know what happens to me , I become so shy that I can't even talk properly with them. Its like times going real slow. I can't even make eye contact with them. This shyness has been a real trouble for me. can...
    openheart92 openheart92 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 10

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    From the mind of a stoner,

    simple thoughts from a loner.
    Emaycee Emaycee 13-15, M 1 Response May 17

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    In real life, I am normally not the type to

    approach strangers first and introduce myself or greet people that I don't know. I rather wait until I'm spoken to just to be on the safe side. Sometimes people can be in a bad mood and don't feel like saying hello or feel like talking. So, I rather just give people their space...
    texaschic35 texaschic35 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 1

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    I've always been really shy.

    It's a problem sometimes, but I guess it's sort of a personality trait too. I have minor social anxiety and not a lot of friends because I'm usually afraid of talking to people but I'm really friendly. So please send me a message first, I promise you're not bothering me by...
    ShyRy ShyRy 18-21, F 1 Response May 25

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    I'm really shy! I'm not able to talk to someone

    without my cheeks became red! It'a really embarassing!
    mael95 mael95 18-21, F 13 Responses Jun 5

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    it's not like i hate to socialize

    or such but i'm shy to the point it scared me sometimes to meet people. 'sthat normal for you? and, the people in my neighborhood are all kinda chummy with each other, so, i felt out of place when there's a social gathering or what-such. moreover, some people (including my mom...
    ciel472 ciel472 16-17 1 Response Jul 27

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    I'm so shy and quiet

    that one of my teachers in high school thought I was mute. Reality I suffer from social anxiety and I hated my classmates so I never talked in class
    fallout07 fallout07 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 11

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    i don't think is a bad thing.

    I actually like being this introvert
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 14

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    I've not had a formal assessment done

    but I'm pretty sure I'm on the autistic spectrum. I can be a bit awkward socially and therefore self-conscious and shy, especially when meeting new people. Strangely enough I'm fine meeting people professionally. Guess confidence levels vary according to situation.
    sometimeslonelytoo sometimeslonelytoo 41-45, M 1 Response Aug 15

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    I am usually shy at all times

    if I am not around anyone I know, like friends or family, or if Im talking to a girl.
    ANapalmPanda ANapalmPanda 16-17, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    Walk into da club like: "waddup,

    I got social anxiety and I wanna go home..."
    emilesfault emilesfault 16-17, M 2 Responses Jul 13

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    Yeah, and it's been like

    that my whole life. I'm a quiet person who hates to stand out. I'm not good at small talk so when I meet a new person it gets awkward fast. I can never come up with anything interesting to say so they usually find me to be a dull human being. People usually describe me as a laid...
    CloakedStranger CloakedStranger 22-25, M 4 Responses Aug 14

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    averylynnx averylynnx 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 15

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    Some people make me feel

    so uncomfortable
    ItsSusan ItsSusan 16-17, F 4 Responses May 17

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    I hate it! I really want to meet friends

    and talk to people but I just can't. If you are like me you will understand when I say... School presentions are the worst! I shake and almost cry. In the end it's fine but I still get scared. Also for those people who text me sorry if I can't hold a good conversation. It's...
    PrideOfTheRainbow PrideOfTheRainbow 13-15, F 3 Responses May 11

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    I am very shy. I try to overcome it.

    But I can't. I get called "the quiet girl" at school.
    01sparkly 01sparkly 13-15, F 4 Responses Apr 14

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    After all the **** I've gone through,

    I have a right not to like people.
    celiy celiy 13-15, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    When I was really little I was the type of kid

    that would look around at adults curiously . Whenever I saw a women i would hide behind my mother and god forbid that lady looked down at me or smiled , I would hold my mothers leg for dear life . Fast forward to my pre adult life the only thing that's changed is I can't hide...
    Princeofthesky Princeofthesky 18-21, M Aug 17

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    When I meet someone for the first time,

    I get all shy and barely talk..
    TaylorRenee14 TaylorRenee14 16-17, F 5 Responses 21 hrs ago

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    Does anyone wanna talk,

    I need more friends?
    abercrombie99 abercrombie99 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 21

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    I'm pretty sure that I have social anxiety

    disorder. It's not an official diagnosis, but I do have a lot the right character traits for it. Unless I know someone personally, then it's really hard for me to just walk up to someone just to ask a question or strike up a conversation. For me, talking with new people makes me...
    RedactedUsername RedactedUsername 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 12

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    Soft spoken with a faint

    and gentle Southern drawl, I keep to myself. Never would you know that I have a kink or two.
    SouthernBelleBlue SouthernBelleBlue 41-45, F 5 Responses Jul 13

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    I'm shy at first But i do the craziest random

    **** when I get comfortable with someone
    ButtersTheMerciful ButtersTheMerciful 13-15, F 4 Responses 5 days ago

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    I'm really shy. I have social anxiety.

    Don't know how to function around people in public. I am mostly alone, were its safe and comfortable. I have a huge heart and always give 200% when it's all about protecting and helping my friends, so in certain areas I function quite well. But in formal settings I'm useless...
    Skywalker1979 Skywalker1979 31-35, M 4 Responses Jul 29

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    So if you talk to me on here ypu would think

    that i am crazy and open bout everything, but i am no where bear that in person. I can be a ninja because i am so quiet! In my classes, i hate raising my hand or speaking in front of the class because i am so shy and nervous to speak!
    regulare05 regulare05 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 26, 2013

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    I hate being all shy

    and nervous around people I've met or my family.
    beautylasts beautylasts 13-15, F 2 Responses Jul 22

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    I am a shy person at times

    and have isolated myself constantly.
    roselani2005 roselani2005 26-30, F 2 Responses Aug 18

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    I can't talk to anyone

    even if I do I say the stupidest things ;-; fml
    emotionalyana emotionalyana 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 18

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    Sometimes I decide to just shut up

    even if I'm with people I am close to like my girlfriend. I get too shy around friends family or random strangers in public.
    Droy7 Droy7 13-15, M 2 Responses Aug 6

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    I try to be social, but I always feel like

    people think I'm weird and judge on what I have to say. I get nervousness talking to new people and tend to mess up my words. It's gotten a lot better from when I was little but I still have trouble communicating with new people.
    jennalaursen21 jennalaursen21 16-17, F Jul 29

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    I am painfully shy in person.

    I love to chat and will chat about anything but chatting in person is a totally different story. I think for me that having the computer/phone between me and the other person, I dont have to see their response. They can choose to ignore me if they didn't agree with me.
    ShyButterfly04 ShyButterfly04 26-30, F 7 Responses Jun 3

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    I am socially awkward.

    .. I have anxiety and depression... Has been bothering me since I was 12 and now I'm 14 no one knows even my parents I just don't know how to tell them... So I thought it be nice to share this on here
    xLittleVampirex xLittleVampirex 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 29

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    Since I was young, I didn't talk very much to

    people I barely know, but over years I was more self-confident and I was more carefree and I started talking more with friends's friends and more.
    UptownRider UptownRider 13-15, M 1 Response Jun 8

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    Im like very very shy person.

    . even if i dont look like that.. i really am even with chatting im closed up until i get to know the person better.. and more stuff :)
    UsagiVivi UsagiVivi 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 4

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    I am not here to date anyone.

    I am a shy person and like to keep to myself.So do not ask to meet me or my e mail id .I do not use skype.
    booklover87 booklover87 46-50, F 3 Responses Jul 14

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    I'm painfully shy until I get to know people

    and then I just can't shut the f.uck up....I still find it difficult to talk to people about personal issues
    danie410 danie410 22-25, F 5 Responses Aug 18

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    I'm unbelievably shy,

    and it's because of my social anxiety and depression
    emilythespacecat emilythespacecat 13-15, F 1 Response Jul 29

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    i act crazy around my friends,

    but when it comes to talking to other people, i cant do it.
    buttney buttney 13-15, F 4 Responses Aug 19

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    I'm May seem very outgoing

    and talkative online but I'm really shy I only talk when I get to know a person. I stay hidden behind a keyboard because that's when I can truly be myself.
    BabyDuchanne BabyDuchanne 16-17, F 4 Responses May 9

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    andrewj2014 andrewj2014 18-21, M 3 Responses Aug 21

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    I usually need a certain type of

    person/connection to bring out my fun side.. If not then - there will be that awkward silence! ..
    Jaidori Jaidori 22-25, F 7 Responses Jul 29

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