Do you know the difference between being introvert and being shy?
No, these are not the same terms as one might easily think.

There is also a common error in the belief that introverts don’t like people. Couldn’t be farther from the truth. There are many powerful, connected individuals who have many introvert characteristics, like ex-U.S. president Obama, Johnny Depp, or even Lady Gaga.

You can be one or the other, or right in the middle. There’s no rule. You are who you are.

Yet, there’s one thing we can all work on to make our lives just a little better. And that is shyness. It basically means you feel awkward, tense, worried during social happenings—especially when there are unknown people around.

Most of us were brought up listening to: “Don’t talk to strangers!” This is understandable since parents just want to protect their children.

Nonetheless, the true problem emerges when you grow up believing that all strangers are something to be afraid of, not to be trusted to. This naturally leads to being shy.

There’s no reason to feel desperate, though. You can unlearn it and build up your confidence. Namely, the opposite of a shy person isn’t an extrovert—it’s being confident.


  1. Introversion doesn’t equal shyness.
  2. Extroverts recharge when socialising.
  3. Introverts recharge when spending time alone.
  4. Both introverts and extroverts can be shy.
  5. Shyness is a temporary state and can be overcome with practice.