Shyness (also called diffidence) is the feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, or awkwardness especially when a person is in proximity to other people. This commonly occurs in new situations or with unfamiliar people.
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- He was not handsome, and his manners required intimacy to make them pleasing. He was too diffident to do justice to himself; but when his natural shyness was overcome, his behaviour gave every indication of an open, affectionate heart.
- He's not an asshole, he's just shy. I think you have shy/asshole confusion, my friend.
- The shy man does have some slight revenge upon society for the torture it inflicts upon him. He is able, to a certain extent, to communicate his misery. He frightens other people as much as they frighten him. He acts like a damper upon the whole room, and the most jovial spirits become, in his presence, depressed and nervous.
- Jerome K. Jerome, "On Being Shy", in Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow (1886).
- Shyness is just egotism out of its depth.
- Penelope Keith (b. 1939), British actress. Daily Mail (UK) newspaper, 27th June 1988.
- Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to.