Glee's Harry Shum Jr. expresses the pain of being shy

If you feel shy, have social anxiety or phobia, or don't have a great deal of social confidence, meeting new people and social situations can be a painful, even excruciating, experience.

You may have developed a way to protect yourself by retreating into silence, which may wind up becoming a prison.

You may even be criticized by others as appearing aloof, cold, or distant, even though you may be struggling to connect with others.

Harry Shum Jr., who portrays Mike Chang on the TV series Glee, knows all about what it's like to be shy.

He expresses his experience of growing up shy in artful way through physical movement, which he choreographed to a voiceover.

His message? You're not alone, and there is a way out.

Watch the video below to learn about Harry's experience of being shy and what he did to deal with it.

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