posted on Aug, 5 2004 @ 09:40 AM
I've battled shyness since childhood. I heard joining Toastmasters where you speak in front of groups is a way to overcome it, but I'm too
terrified to try it. Perhaps trying some volunteer work might boost your self-worth and give you confidence.
I find the more self-focused I get, the more introverted I get. Thus I find one of the keys to defeating it is forcing yourself to be around people
more, to get out more, to interact more, and to learn to initiate conversations with strangers, such as in a waiting room, etc.
Saying self-affirmations in front of a mirror can help. Self-praise aloud can help. You've got to psyche yourself out and reinforce your belief in
yourself that you are valued and a worthwhile human being.
Shouting mentally "No" or "Stop!" whenever you begin thinking negative self-talk thoughts helps. Or counter with a positive thought when you
catch yourself putting yourself down or criticizing yourself, i.e. "That was stupid of me". counter with "I'm only human!"