You spend a lot of time convincing your boyfriend/girlfriend that you don’t hate his/her friends, you’re just awkward. You feel weird and nervous about PDA, or the opposite, fighting in public. You do everything you can to avoid doing something gross in front of your partner.
It takes you a REALLY long time to get comfortable with your partner…
You get super awkward when it comes time to meet your S.
I’ve written about my shy girl struggles before, and surprise surprise, they don’t just disappear when you start dating someone. And you get even more uncomfortable when you have to meet and be around their family. It’s not that you don’t like them, it’s just that they make you want to crawl out of your shaking skin and hide. You start using your partner as a crutch whenever you’re in social situations.
There are deep psychological implications of being an introvert as well as a shy person, but in layman’s terms, an introvert is someone who loves being alone to the extent that they derive pleasure and energy from engaging in solitary activities.
A shy person, on the other hand, does not particularly hate the company of others, but just finds it difficult to meet new people, and talk to them.
They will often scope others out for a while to figure out what makes everyone tick before letting their own guards down.
When it comes to planning dates with someone new, shy people tend to be too passive.
Most people seem to think that shyness is synonymous with being an introvert.