"Shyness vs. Introversion
Research differentiates between shyness and introversion, although they are related. Introverts prefer solitary to social activities, but do not fear social encounters like shy people do. “If you see two people standing by a wall at a party,” Carducci says, “the introvert is there because he wants to be. The shy person is there because he feels like he has to be.”
In fact, shy adults often attempt to force themselves to be extroverted, Carducci says. “That is the number one way people try to deal with shyness,” he says. “The problem with this strategy is it’s incomplete. Once a shy person is at the party or event, he thinks that’s all he has to do. But that’s just the first step. Shy people have trouble taking the next step -- approaching people and making conversation.”
Carducci says one way to deal with this is to master the art of small talk. “Shy people say once they’re in a conversation, they’re OK. The problem is initiating it. So, we teach them small talk,” he says." - http://psychcentral.com/library/shyness.htm
So which one are you?
Shy or Introverted?
Do you think that you are mistaking shyness for introversion?