Can you remember the last time you stepped into a room full of strangers and felt that self-conscious and awkward feeling rush over you?
Or that heart thumping moment when you wanted to ask someone on a date, but were too shy to do so?
Or wanting to approach someone for business, but was too hesitant to actually do it?
Does it always feel like something is holding you back?
Regardless of whether you are introverted or extraverted, we can all relate to that feeling of shyness at some point in our lives.
Socially, we tend to have the misconception that only introverts experience shyness, but that is not true.
Shyness has more to do with being uncomfortable with one’s self, especially around other people.
This article is the result of collaboration between Amanda Linehan, an introvert, and Tina Su, an extravert.
Together, we wanted to shed some light on the topic of shyness in a collective perspective from both extremes.
We will also share the ways that we used to turn shyness into personal empowerment. When you are experiencing shyness, can you fit your state of mind into one or more of the above categories? We all experience shyness differently and on varying degrees.
However, root cause can be boiled down to one of the following reasons: This is especially true to our experiences in high school.
We would believe in the fallacy that our unique qualities were not interesting, cool or worthy of anyone’s admiration.