When you're in the early stages of getting to know someone, shyness is pretty normal. It only starts to become a problem if you can't get past the point of being strangers. Drown out that self-criticism and just say "Thank you." You can look away and blush, but just let them know you've taken the compliment and that you appreciate it.
If you do find yourself drifting into that never-to-become-friends zone, never fear! Once you've done that, you can move onto bigger and better things, like (drumroll please) giving back a compliment.
We asked relationship coach and writer Laura Yates to share some of her top tips for dating as a shy person.
overcoming shyness " data-medium-file="https:// data-large-file="https:// / Being overly shy can really put the brakes on your love life.
Not being able to make conversation, flirt or feel at ease on a date really knocks your confidence and self-belief.
If the act of going up to someone and saying "hey" makes you shudder with fear, try just holding their gaze for a couple of seconds.
It's a quick, effortless way of gaging someone's interest in you. Before you know it, they'll be coming up to say "Hey" to you.