Unfortunately there is no easy way to discern his true intentions without putting yourself on the line over and over again, and seeing how he responds.This can be humiliating, frustrating, even infuriating, and it can ultimately still end in failure.(If nothing else, this will give you good insight into what it is like to be a man.) While all of this sounds like it might be too difficult to deal with - and many women will come to that conclusion - it is worth pointing out that if you can navigate through the difficult aspects of attracting and dating a shy man, he is likely to be completely faithful to you.Due to the lack of female attention he has attracted or received, he is like an emotional spring that you will release.That offense will reflect negatively on you and the relationship.So be careful about how much (and which) initiative you take.Comments like "Oh, I thought you were going drive/get the tickets/plan the trip/[insert other traditionally masculine roles here]" can help in priming his confidence if it seems to be lagging and it bothers you.Dating a shy man takes a lot of initial investment for an uncertain outcome.
So, if you do choose to initiate, do so only during the early stages of dating, that is, until he builds his confidence and comfort around you.The first thing to do when you find yourself attracted to a shy man is to question your feelings for him.In other words, ask yourself "Am I attracted in spite of or because of his shyness? A very close friend of mine is extremely shy, and I know plenty of other guys that are shy. Shy guys, almost by definition, do not have the balls to initiate and pursue women.If you are looking for an abundance of devotion, he has it to give.So, in conclusion, if you are interested in a shy man, start by questioning that feeling.