Hypnosis can help relieve the negative memories and feelings associated with events that caused you to withdraw or to feel shy. Hypnosis can also teach you how to relax around people and in social settings. Shyness or social anxiety is a form of performance anxiety. Just as an actor might feel nervous before their opening show, you may get anxious over an upcoming party. You might become so caught up thinking about how others will judge you that you begin to dread the event. And when you get there, you’re so nervous that you can’t relax and be yourself.