Some people believe that being shy is a sign of low self-esteem. But what does shyness really mean and what leads a person toward a high self-esteem?
Being shy can be a reaction to being hurt or humiliated. It can be used as a way to prevent further pain. In this case shyness goes together with a low self-esteem.
But being shy can also be a character trait. In this case it means being introverted instead of extroverted. Shy people are generally less communicative, quieter and often more observant. They can have a high self-esteem, knowing themselves as a calm and introverted character and accepting themselves as they are.
Being shy isn’t necessarily a sign of low self-esteem. Shy people with a healthy self-esteem know that already.