What is Shyness?

Outward Signs  - One of the difficulties of being shy is that it is very often impossible to hide your shyness from other people.  Signs of shyness include frequent trouble talking, stammering, stuttering, blushing, shaking, sweating hands.When these things start to happen, the shy person often becomes more upset and less able to deal with the current conversation or situation.   Please keep in mind that these things happen to everyone sometimes.  We all get nervous in new situations and  then the more the nervousness  is thought about, the more nervous we may become. 

Inward Signs - Many shy people have both inward and outward signs of shyness.  However some people can act confident on the outside, but feel miserable on the inside.  While these people act very self-assured on the outside, inside they have a racing heart and almost constant thoughts on how the conversation is going, how they look, if the other people in the room like them, and how quickly they can leave the situation and return home.

Why Me? - This is a question that many people ask, but no one really has the answer.  Some research says shyness is a result of genetics (you're born that way) and other research points to the environment (how you're raised).  Since no one really knows what causes shyness, it's probably best to focus your time and energy on learning how to like yourself and celebrate who you are rather than worry about how you got sidetracked by shyness.  

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