Shyness is usually associated with being quiet, insecure, and/or socially anxious. Being shy is not necessarily bad. We can all feel shy from time to time, so its alright to feel a little uncomfortable in new situations and with new people.
Is it OK to be shy?
Shyness, and the modesty and self-effacing nature that go with it, are rarely threatening to others and may allow people to feel more comfortable around you. In other words, you dont have an air of superiority that makes it hard to talk with you. Too much shyness can make you seem aloof or standoffish.
What are the disadvantages of being shy?
Extreme shyness can make it uncomfortable — and seem impossible — to talk to classmates or teachers. Because extreme shyness can interfere with socializing, it can also affect a persons self-confidence and self-esteem. And it can prevent someone from taking advantage of opportunities or trying new things.
Is being too shy a problem?
While everybody feels a certain degree of shyness when meeting people for the first time, there are definite dangers associated with too much shyness. Not only does excessive shyness lead to greater loneliness and poorer quality relationships, it can also lead to problems with emotional well-being such as depression.