I wouldn't consider myself as shy - not even as a kid. But I've always been kinda quiet and reserved. I generally don't have a problem talking to people, but often I just like to sit back and listen instead of being the one talking.
I was cross-eyed and could not look anyone in the eye.
How did I get over it? Well, acting lessons helped a lot. No joke. I learned to act confident, and pretty soon I started to believe my own act. Just hold your head high and tell yourself you are worthwhile and valuable. Pretty soon, you will feel less shy and more willing to interact with others.
I was pretty outgoing as a young child. Then somewhere in junior high, I think the 8th grade, the "in-group" started shunning me from their activities. Most of those people in the "in-group" I had hung out with, been very good friends with in 7th grade, but for some reason I guess I didn't fit in. Starting out in high school I didn't meet any new friends and I just clammed up, been that way since.
I was not at all shy if I was doing athletics, but talking to girls always terrified me. I don't know why either, they generally liked me. I think I felt like I always had to be the best and never mess up. So if that's shyness then okay.
Needless to say I led a very sad life until about a year ago. But since have been set free.
I was painfully shy when I was young. But I had good reason to be. Bad skin, coke bottle glasses, bad hair, and I was a string bean. I was made fun of every day in school, and used to go home and cry myself to sleep. But I grew up and grew out of it, and learned the joy of turning all the boys down who made my life hell years before.
Now I just cope with my shyness by acting silly. That way, I can still fit in and have fun, and nobody really gets to know me, so I still feel safe. Wow, I am messed up....