13 things that people might think you are instead of shy:
- Stuck up
- Calm (!?)
- In a hurry
- That you don’t like them
- Out of their league
- A potential serial killer
Off the top of my head, these are the ones I’ve experienced. I’m sure you shy people have other things you could add.
Shyness is such a embarrassment for me that there have been times that I preferred being thought of as one of those things on the list (but not all!), instead of shy — so that other people’s misconceptions about me actually work as a defense* mechanism for me.
* That’s defence for you Brits, Aussies, etc, out there.