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The official definition of “shy,” since it may mean different things to different people, from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: “easily frightened,” or “disposed to avoid a person or thing,” or “hesitant in committing oneself.” The Oxford Dictionary defines shy as: “being reserved or having or showing nervousness or timidity in the company of other people.” That’s probably the definition most of you shy people can relate to.

Do you consider yourself shy? If so, are you usually shy all the time or only in specific situations? Feel free to leave a comment after you vote.

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Lindalee
1 month ago

When I was young (teens, twenties) I was probably the life of the party. NOW, at 74, I’m dreadfully shy! It is actually embarrassing. Once I get to know a person the shyness lessens but, I now hate parties and I once loved them.

Bob Weinfurt
1 month ago

I started a lawn mowing business as a kid, called bingo on stage, and had a car and mower repair business for 35 years, so I don’t think so.

Gerry Brine
1 month ago

I do not consider myself shy but I do consider myself reserved and friendly.

Carol Paschal
2 months ago

I am an introvert but I am not shy, those are two different things.

Diane M
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol Paschal

That’s exactly what I was going to say!

Sandie
2 months ago
Reply to  Carol Paschal

Me too

Jesse Crouse
1 month ago
Reply to  Sandie

The more I see of people; the more I like Dogs. No lying, thieving or duplicitous behavior. What you see is generally what you get.

Neal Davis
2 months ago

I am more the Oxford definition than the Merriam-Webster definition. I never attempt to converse with airflight seat mates, and rarely introduce myself to those I don’t already know. Crowds make me nervous and I avoid them. I prefer small groups of 2-3, including myself. I am much more comfortable around groups when I know most, if not all, members at least somewhat.

Glenda Alexander
2 months ago

You need one more category: Not shy but not necessarily the life of the party. I can strike up a conversation with just about anyone but I don’t have to be the center of attention.

T. Hudson
2 months ago

Same here, I love to talk, but I also love to listen.

M. Nelson
1 month ago
Reply to  T. Hudson

I really like Glenda’s statement. I, too, have no trouble talking to strangers, but I’m not the life of the party either. I lost that desire sometime ago and am comfortable being me!

M D-B
2 months ago

Reserved but not shy.

Bob p
2 months ago

Until I get to know someone I don’t talk much. DW says after I get to know you, look out, I’ll talk your head off. Lol

JJohnm405
2 months ago

I don’t think so. My wife keeps telling everyone that I am her social butterfly. “Don’t know why “ 🤓

Leonard Rempel
2 months ago

Opposites attract; I am an extrovert and my wife is the introvert.

Skip
2 months ago

Retired from the military and retired from State service. Shy don’t think so.

Wayne
2 months ago

My wife tells me and others that I will talk to a fence post whether it answers back or not. So, I’m probably not shy.

Leonard Rempel
2 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

Me too! lol

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