Not really. I can manage to get by in conversation anyway. If people like you, they'll want to hang out with you even if you're shy, so I ended up forming really close friendships instead of lots of friendships, and found love, instead of incessant dates. <br />
Also, my grade was really egalitarian when it came to coolness. No one was really rude or lorded over anyone, unlike the grade below us. Everyone got along, so it was easy to make friends, even as a shy person.
I wish I were more assertive and less tentative in expressing my emotions. I spend too much time worrying about being rejected.
I HATE being wrong, so I don't take chances. I am doing more, but I'm not sure EP counts. But I have committed to being completely honest here, which scares me, but which helps me be myself instead of what somebody else wants.
Oh my goodness. YES. Absolutely yes, and I do not like it honestly. But it's just in my nature, if I can say that I wasn't born a natural outgoing person then I would say it. Okay fine, I wasn't born as a outgoing person. So many good opportunity that I have passed up because of my shyness..
Yes, I will admit there have been times my shyness deterred me, I can look back on and say only if I did this or said that.
Yes! Its not as bad as it once was, but it still inhibits me.
I'm not so shy anymore, but I wish I were a better conversationalist.