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4 Great Ways to Get Over Shyness

Aug 18, 2007
Shyness or social anxiety is a social phobia that hinders one in having courage and growing in self esteem. Over half of all adults experiences this dilemma. Positive thinking is affected by pessimism. It hinders you from fulfilling relationships, and reaching professional aspirations. For some people, they put overcoming their shyness as their top priority.

Finding procedures that work, and seeking help from friends, loved ones and relatives and professionals will help you to get over shyness.

1. Self help

Creating a self help procedure will lighten your burden of social anxiety. Make a list that includes programs to follow in your everyday life and start up small conversations with people you are surrounded with. This may start in even your daily activities such as going shopping, talking with sales clerks, at work, greeting people you meet may give you a better chance for longer and healthier interaction.

At work, you may rely on simple topics to share with your colleagues such as your weekend plans, or even what your most memorable weekend was. This will lead you to more chances to join groups in their talks, perhaps a small group of people who share the same interests that you do, and you may gather new friends in the process.

2. Support from friends

After relying on your own procedures of self-help, and decide it is not working out as you expected, friends are always there to guide and support you in the smallest way they could.

On weekends, you may plan to meet up with them - they may encourage you in speaking up and being a good speaker. In this way, you may practice your skill in socializing with people whom you are most comfortable with. And with friends, there is no such thing as a bad conversation. You can always laugh about it and you may not even think how dense your words seemed. Having good friends that are always willing to help out is a great boost in overcoming social anxiety.

Having no friends is a very big obstacle. But there are always relatives on whom you can depend on.

3. Family aids

Why think out of the box when help is already available inside it? This is where your family may participate in eradicating your phobia. You may start by in practicing with a family member on a topic you have always wanted to talk about with colleagues. Practicing makes it easier to get in touch with your positive side.

Family members may be direct enough to point out things that you have missed without you being shy. It is always best to have not just one family member to talk and converse with, but a whole family. Even in a family reunion you could practice your ability to talk with a bunch of people.

Being honest with your family members will make it easier for you to conquer your shyness.

4. Advice from professionals

If all else fails, there is always help available in the outside world.

There are professionals who would be happier to help you not to be trapped in your own social anxiety. Professionals have their own ways of knowing what is best for you.

Social anxiety is neither a disease nor a sickness that could be helped by medicated drugs. Talk therapy is the only key in conquering this problem.

There are many ways in getting over social anxiety, it only requires desire and willpower to triumph over it. You can get over shyness faster than you think with positive thinking.
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Peter Murphy is a peak performance expert. He recently produced a very popular free report: 10 Simple Steps to Developing Communication Confidence. Apply now because it is available only at: conversation starters
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