i've found that the way to not be shy is to stop giving a crap. i sing and dance in public for no other reason then i like the song on the radio. do i get weird looks from people? yes. do i care? no! it just makes life so much easier when you stop worrying about what other people think of you and just be yourself.
Face to face, no. I prefer talking to people in person and I take comfort in small groups of company. I am relatively introverted though, so it does LOOK as though I'm shy if you don't know me on a personal level.
Online, I'm MUCH more likely to be anxious and shy when talking to others. It's hard to tell when I'm in that mood, seeing as people can only read text and not always understand the emotion being portrayed through it.
I just have moments of completely disappearing from the internet when this happens. If I grow comfortable chatting with people online, I prefer to audio skype with them.
...I guess the most people think I'm shy. But I would not really say that I'm shy. I just don't talk that much, 'cause I don't like unnecessary conversations, like...well, small talk. xD I usually give really short answers, when somebody asks me a question about something that I'm not interested in. It's different when it comes to my hobbies or smth I like. Then, people are alsways like " Whoa. wait a sec. what's up with you? why are you talking that much?" ...and when I'm out with some friends and someone's like "I don't know where the train station is...somebody go and ask that man over there!" it's always me who approaches the strangers, 'cause the others are... well yes. TOO SHY. xD
I'm considered an introvert, but mostly because I'm more active inwardly than outwardly. My personality type is INFJ. We're introverted, but can appear to be extroverted.
When I meet new people I'm back-offish. I don't trust very easily, and I take time to observe a person quietly before deciding to open up or not. This act is often observed as me being shy. Once I get to know someone, though, I still watch them and do most of my communicating with body language while thinking about what I observe. The I react accordingly. If we're talking about something I'm passionate about, though, I can really open up.
Overall, I do prefer to have a lot of personal space. I am a little bit of a loner, and enjoy being by myself because it helps me feel like I have more control and freedom. If I want to be social, I will do it, but I prefer to socialize on my own terms.