Originally Posted by effortless
@ atac "Introvert does not mean shy." - yes, shy is usually seen as one aspect of introversion. That is a definition from the "New Oxford American Dictionary". I think the first part is a general definition and the second part is a definition specific to psychology.
Introversion is specific to psychology. There's no alternative meaning. And no, it doesn't mean shy. Plenty of extroverts are shy.
Shyness is a fear. Introversion isn't.
The confusion arises because shyness and introversion both often result in quietness. Therefore, introverts can appear shy even when they aren't.