“Everyone is shy—it is the inborn modesty that makes us able to live in
harmony with other creatures and our fellows. Achievement comes not by
denying shyness, but, occasionally, by setting it aside and letting pride and
perspiration come first.” - Kirkpatrick Sale
You step into the room full of strangers and look around. There’s not a
single person that you know there. Your heart starts pounding, your hands begin
to sweat, and your mouth goes dry. Just as someone comes up to speak to you,
your mind goes completely blank. You barely remember your own name and
you’d tell them what it is if only you could speak. You’re blushing so hard, you’re
positive you’re as red as a lobster and those butterflies in your stomach are flying
Sound familiar? Almost everyone, at some point in their lives or another,
has experienced these feelings of panic and disorientation. Even folks that seem
like the life of the party have had moments like these. It’s a common problem,
more common than you might realize.
Fifty percent of the population in the USA say they’re shy and eighty-nine
percent of these shy people say they’ve been shy all their lives. Only eleven
percent, of the population says they’ve never been shy. The good news is that
seventy-eight percent of these shy people believe they can overcome their
Doctors feel that this shyness is wired right into your nervous system.
Your brain is constantly taking in information and processing it; and whenever
you think again of an experience you’ve had, your brain will respond in exactly
the same way as when it first happened, reinforcement as it were. Your
conscious mind knows the difference, but your subconscious mind just processes
the information and stores it with everything else. Social phobia has become the
third most prevalent psychiatric disorder.
In this report, we’ll discuss the whys and wherefores of shyness. There
are ways to overcome this social phobia and we’ll discuss how to apply them in
your own life. It is possible to feel calm and comfortable in social situations.
“Man is the only animal that blushes, or needs to.”-Mark Twain
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