This is an excerpt from my book Building Confidence on how to overcome shyness. If you’re struggling with low confidence and shyness, check out this book and learn the evidence-based skills to boost confidence and manage social anxiety and shyness.  Low confidence often is the result of some form of social shyness. “Shyness,” according to Psychology Today’s definition, “is the awkwardness or apprehension some people feel when approaching or being approached by other people.” Unlike introverts who feel energized by time alone, shy people often desperately want to connect with others, but don’t know how or can’t tolerate the anxiety that comes with social interaction. Do you recognize yourself as socially shy? If so, you aren’t alone. Nearly half of all Americans claim to be shy, and it appears a shyness epidemic is on the rise. Technology is contributing to this surge in shyness, as more and more people can hide behind their computers and avoid face-to-face interactions. Even moderately shy people now have an excuse to avoid social interactions and new situations. All they need for company and companionship is at the push of a button. The diminishing opportunities for face-to-face communication in personal and professional life put shy people at an increasing disadvantage, as they don’t get to