How to start dating a shy guy

[Read: How to get a shy guy to notice you and fall for you] And once he starts to notice you often, exchange eye contact with him now and then.

A shy guy may feel confident enough to sneak glances at you now and then, but he may be too timid to actually ask you out, or even initiate a conversation with you.

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Stare at him often, and as soon as you catch his eye, look away and smile to yourself.

Displaying your shy side will make him feel more comfortable with the idea of talking to you.

If he frequents the trivia night at his favorite watering hole, ask to join him and lend your knowledge.

Be there as he finishes a marathon, and if he is giving a talk, try to arrange to be in the audience.

"With a shy guy, you have to take the lead more often," says Diana Kirschner, Ph.

D., a recurring guest psychologist on "The Today Show" and author of "Love in 90 Days: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Own True Love".

"It may seem like a challenge, but once you give him a few little pushes in the right direction, he'll open up to you with ease." Here are a few of Kirschner's hints on how to encourage your guy to take a walk on the wildly talkative side: 1.

See him when he is in his element When a shy guy is in his element, odds are he's feeling pretty self-confident, which bodes well for the likelihood of his opening up.

Shyness is not necessarily an indicator of confidence or self esteem; often it is just a personality trait.

Some people prefer to observe and watch social interactions as opposed to always being the star.

(The Frisky) -- Whether it's sitting in silence during dinner or enduring the long, uncomfortable pauses when he's out with you and your friends, dating a shy guy can create some incredibly frustrating situations.

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