I used to be very shy when I was younger

Being shy can really hold people back, in part because shy people tend to avoid speaking up and public settings and in part because they have such intense, ongoing anxiety. If that describes you, rest assured that you are not alone; four out of every ten people identify as shy. The good news is that shyness is curable. You can succeed with enough time, work, and a desire to transform. The majority of people can overcome their shyness on their own, but if it is severe, you might need assistance from a therapist or counselor. With the help of these 13 methods, you can begin to overcome your shyness and grow more confident. You don’t need to flaunt your shyness. Some people may never even have the chance to notice, while others who are close to you are already aware. It isn’t as obvious as you probably believe. If someone brings up your shyness, act casually. If it comes up in conversation, make jokes about it. Do not mistake uncomfortable blushing for shyness if you experience it occasionally. I’ve always been quick to blush. Let that stand alone. Don’t categorize yourself as anything, including shy. Allow yourself to be characterized by who you are, not by a single characteristic. We can be our own worst enemy at times. Don’t let your inner critic diminish you. Analyze that voice’s influence instead so you can neutralize it. When you’re feeling insecure, write a list of all your strengths—ask a friend or family member for assistance if necessary—and read or recite it. Let it serve as a reminder of all you have to offer.
Selecting a friend or partner is already important, but shy people tend to have fewer but deeper friendships. Give your time to the warm, supportive, and receptive people in your life.

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