Thank you for your response. I find this very interesting. I have always been shy -- maybe even from the womb. And I can think of no early traumatic experience that resulted in my shyness or exacerbated it. But, as a young child, I was so shy that I once started crying when people heartily laughed at a joke I told. It overwhelmed me for some reason. As an older child and teen, there were the common experiences of early adolescence that affected my self-confidence and caused insecurity. I could point to a few probably, but my shyness had long been a fixture by then. I've come a long way with self-confidence issues through my professional and personal successes. But self-confidence and insecurity issues are always lurking.

In summary, I have always figured that the shyness was just part of my make-up and could never be changed, only coped with. And I'm not sure I've ever thought of my shyness and lack of self-confidence as separate entities. They've always been one in the same to me. This article and discussion with you has given me some food for thought. It's kind of exciting to think there could be some treatment to move past the shyness/lack of self-confidence. Thanks again.