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Shy All My Life: Will It Just Go Away?

Published: September 4, 2021 | By | 12 Replies Continue Reading
Shy All My Life: Will It Just Go Away?

A young woman writes “I’ve been shy all my life.” She wonders whether those feelings will ever go away on their own.

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What’s wrong with me? I’m So Shy

Published: December 29, 2016 | Last Updated: February 22, 2021 By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

A shy young woman asks for advice because she feels so socially awkward.

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Lacking communication skills to make friends

Published: November 13, 2016 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

A young man feels he’s never had the communication skills to start and maintain relationships.

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Making friends after being sick

Published: July 5, 2013 | Last Updated: July 5, 2013 By | 13 Replies Continue Reading

A woman’s 21-year-old daughter has lost her friends after being being sick–diagnosed with anxiety and depression.

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The Basics of Starting a Friendship: Step One

Published: May 29, 2013 | Last Updated: April 15, 2021 By | 16 Replies Continue Reading
The Basics of Starting a Friendship: Step One

It sounds simple but making eye contact, smiling, saying hello, and acknowledging someone else, by name, are crucial first steps in starting a friendship.

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Making Friends When You Are Shy

Published: April 9, 2013 | Last Updated: September 3, 2021 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

Feeling shy can make it difficult to meet new people and make friends. Shyness may simply indicate a quiet sensibility, may stem from feeling awkward and not knowing what to do, or perhaps reflect lack of a good self-image.

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Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

Published: January 18, 2013 | Last Updated: January 18, 2013 By | 6 Replies Continue Reading
Guest Post: Why introverts have (even more) trouble making friends

Making new friends is difficult, especially for introverts. It’s not that we don’t like people or people don’t like us, it’s just that introverts are solitary by nature, and it can be difficult for us to break out and reach out to other people.

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Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

Published: November 20, 2012 | Last Updated: April 2, 2016 By | 10 Replies Continue Reading
Social Anxiety and Friendship: A First-Person Account

Social Anxiety can make it difficult to make and sustain friendships. I’m very appreciative to one of the readers of this blog, Jane, for her courage in sharing this post in the hope it would be useful to others.

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Having trouble getting close

Published: September 18, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

I am a 27-year-old woman and find myself lacking the close friendships I long for. I’m well aware of the reasons why. Explaining would take all day but in a nutshell: I was a shy child who warmed up slowly but eventually made close friends I loved.

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Making Friends: Having trouble getting close

Published: September 6, 2012 | Last Updated: October 28, 2012 By | 1 Reply Continue Reading

I was a shy child who warmed up slowly but eventually made close friends I loved. In high school, I developed severe social anxiety and panic disorder, which continued in college. I still managed to make some friends, but only on a
superficial level.

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