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Too Self Conscious & Shy to Date?
But that's just for the physical.
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It's the emotional aspect of what's going on when you're standing next to the guy or girl of your dreams that's the hardest part to tackle. Get ready, because I'm about to say something you may not want to hear.
Have you considered the idea that you may be attracted to the wrong people? Here's why I ask. Self-Seeker says he has no problem attracting people when being goofy and outgoing; in other words, when being true to himself, but that he's not interested in those people.
Not only do they like Self-Seeker for who he really is, but Self-Seeker obviously feels comfortable enough around them to let his true colors shine through. He's actually at his best around these "undesirables," and isn't that, after all, what we all look for in our perfect partners - someone who thinks we're great, and who we can be great around?
And if you still feel like they're just not the right kind of girls for you, then you'll have to take this final leap.
Breaking the bashful barrier
For those of you who have read my other columns, this advice may look familiar, but it bears repeating. When all else fails, and you just can't seem to rise to the occasion in a genuine way, you've gotta just fake it till you make it. Unlike introverts, who feel energized being on their own, shy people often want to be with other people but don't know how, Carducci said. Behind shyness is extreme self-consciousness, what Carducci calls "shy narcissism.
Some people are "privately shy," meaning they appear confident but are internally self-critical and worry what people might think if they revealed their true selves, said Lynne Henderson, director of the nonprofit Shyness Institute in Berkeley, Calif.
Such people can have trouble with intimacy, she said. Others are socially anxious but outgoing, and they are at higher risk of drinking too much or jumping into sexual experiences to facilitate the connections they seek, Henderson said.
Though people aren't born shy, studies suggest shy people have a genetic tendency to be very sensitive to people around them, Henderson said. Other factors that can contribute to shyness are teasing, being labeled as shy as a kid or having overprotective parents.
Shyness can trip people up in the dating world in more ways than reluctance to ask someone out or uneasy small talk. A common mistake among the shy is to treat any date as a high-stakes interaction they have to get right, so when they don't they retreat and shut down, said New York clinical psychologist Bonnie Jacobson, author of "The Shy Single: Shy people often focus on the reasons someone may not like them and underplay their good qualities, said Greg Markway, a Missouri-based clinical psychologist and co-author, with his wife, Barbara, of "Painfully Shy: Once a romance begins, shy people often try to leap into a deep relationship immediately without realizing building blocks must be set first, he said.
Steve Flowers said his shyness prevented him from dating as a teen. When he finally invited a girl to a movie and put his arm around her, he was too terrified to move it despite discomfort, and it fell asleep.
What all this fretting ignores is that shyness has its pluses.
In Eastern cultures, it is considered an honorable quality, as it reflects a desire to do well. Shy people also come across as more honest and sincere than their loud counterparts, and they make desirable partners because they're usually good listeners, empathetic and understanding, Markway said.
Markway said his wife's bashfulness was one of her most appealing qualities when they first started dating. You've probably heard it before, "Even guys with a lot going for them often have to put in the work and face a lot of rejection to get a girlfriend or get laid. But even for an unattractive girl all she has to do is go to a bar any night of the week and stand around and be approachable and she'll be guaranteed to be able to hook up with someone.
As I mentioned, if a woman is really shy or inexperienced, then even if interesting guys approach her, her shyness is going to get in the way of the interaction going anywhere. There are women who get approached by men quite often, but this doesn't happen to everyone. Some women hardly ever have guys come talk to them. They feel chronically overlooked and like a sexual non-entity in the eyes of men.
Women often complain that they only get approached by men they would never be interested in, like pervy older guys at the grocery store, or cocky meatheads at the bar who are obviously just looking for sex. This is a particular problem for shy women who are into guys who are more quirky or sensitive or intellectual, since those types of men typically tend not to be as aggressive about approaching people.
A woman's lifestyle will have a big impact on how often she gets approached. A sorority member who works as a waitress and who goes clubbing a lot will likely get a lot of attention, since she's always out around people. A woman who's more of a homebody and who hates bars isn't going to get nearly as many opportunities for people to chat to her. Rightly or wrongly, many women dismiss the idea of meeting someone at a bar, or through a stranger approaching them, out of hand.
They want to meet people under different circumstances, like through friends. Many women aren't interested in just sleeping with anybody for the sake of having sex, or are not into one-night stands with strangers. So the idea that they can technically get laid at will doesn't appeal to them. They're looking for a more serious relationship with someone who likes them as a person, and want to get to know someone before they get physical.
In particular I find some guys have trouble accepting this point. Because they personally are fine with casual sex, or are feeling desperate to hook up with anyone half-decent just to get rid of their nagging inexperience, they can't imagine how someone else wouldn't value these things. A lot of women have understandable safety concerns.
They're not willing to go home with someone they just met, because they don't know if the guy will be dangerous or not once they're not in public. This is another thing I find some guys have trouble fully comprehending, since they take a lot of their safety for granted. For some women, if they get approached a lot, but the attention is unwanted and aggressive and harassing, it may make them even more nervous and guarded around men than before.
A bigger issue with the 'let people come to you and choose from the applicants' approach is that it takes away a lot of a woman's ability to choose who she ends up with.
What if she's really interested in a particular guy, but he hasn't noticed her and isn't likely to? If she doesn't have the ability to engage him then she'll miss out on that chance. A problem some shy women report having is that they're able to find boyfriends, but the guys who typically take the initiative to try to date them aren't the ones they're really into. A shy woman's self-confidence may not be great and she feels she has to take whatever comes to her.
Shyness and Self-Consciousness
The belief that no women are romantically inexperienced after a certain age This belief follows from the two above about how supposedly easy it is for women to have success with relationships. It isn't so much articulated out loud by people as it is something they just assume. There are women in their mid-twenties and older who are totally dateable and attractive to an outside eye.
However they've only had a couple of very short-term go-nowhere relationships, or they've never had a boyfriend, or they're still virgins. In particular people can not believe that older female virgins do exist, but they are out there, and they feel especially invisible and alone and hopeless.
I already mentioned the issues physically attractive women have in getting their shyness taken seriously. Another group that may have their dating shyness discounted is women who seem confident and adjusted around everyone else in their lives. People will think, "Well they're so fun and outgoing around their friends, why would they ever have a problem meeting men?!?
They get good at keeping it a secret and dodging conversations where personal sex stories might come up. They fret about how they'll turn off their partner the first time they hook up by not knowing how to perform in bed. Ironically, their fear of their inexperience getting in the way often puts up one more barrier to them getting that experience they're looking for.
I didn't put this point up with the other shyness problems that both genders face because I think women's experience of this issue is somewhat different compared to what guys go through. First, there are different negative stereotypes in society associated with female inexperience.
One is that since women supposedly have it easier in the getting sex department, if a woman is older and still hasn't done a lot physically that must mean she's really messed up and broken somehow. A man might assume she's had a really rough childhood, or has a ton of personal baggage around dating and sex.
A second harmful belief is that women tend to become clingy and emotionally attached to whoever they first gain experience with, which is an off-putting possibility for some men.Overcome Shyness & Be Confident - Sleep Hypnosis Session - By Thomas Hall
They don't want to be a woman's first, and then have her become obsessed and want to marry him. Stereotype number three is that inexperienced women are bad in bed and not worth the effort of sticking around to teach. A fourth counterproductive concept works a bit differently.
It's the opposite stereotype that some men like inexperience in a woman.