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Construction of Shyness

Shyness or diffidence may be defined experientially as feeling of apprehension, lack of comfort, awkwardness, distress and/or inhibition in public situations that interferes with pursuing one's interpersonal or professional aims. It is a form of extreme self-focus, a preoccupation with one's thoughts, feelings and physical reactions. It is a dispositional tendency to experience feelings of anxiety and to exhibit behavioural inhibition in social situations and may vary from mild social awkwardness to totally inhibiting social phobia.

Synonyms and related words

Afraid, apprehensive, averse, backward, bashful, cautious, chary, circumspect, conscious, coy, demure, diffident, disinclined, distrustful, fearful, hesitant, humble, indisposed, introvert, introverted, loath, loner, modest, nervous, recessive, reluctant, reserved, reticent, retiring, self-effacing, shamefaced, sheepish, shrinking, skittish, suspicious, timid, unassertive, un-assured, un-eager, un-effusive, unresponsive, unsocial, unwilling, wary.

Types of shyness

Shyness may be-

Chronic Shyness

Chronic or dispositional shyness serve as a personality trait.

Situational shyness

Situational shyness involves experiencing the symptoms of shyness in specific social performance situations but not including it into one's self-concept.

Mechanism of Shyness

Shyness reactions can occur at any or all of the following levels-

  • Cognitive
  • Affective
  • Physiological
  • Behavioural

It may be triggered by a wide variety of arousal cues. Among the most typical are-

  • Authorities
  • Private opposite sex interactions
  • Intimacy
  • Strangers
  • Having to take individuating action in a group setting
  • Initiating social actions in unstructured, spontaneous behavioural settings

Symptoms of Shyness





Inhibition and passivity

Accelerated heart rate

Negative thoughts about the self, the situation, and others

Embarrassment and painful self-consciousness

Gaze aversion

Dry mouth

Fear of negative evaluation and looking foolish to others


Avoidance of feared situations

Trembling or shaking

Worry and rumination, perfectionism

Low self-esteem

Low speaking voice


Self-blaming attributions, particularly after social interactions

Dejection and sadness

Little body movement or expression or Excessive nodding or smiling

Feeling faint or dizzy, butterflies in stomach or nausea

Negative beliefs about the self (weak) and others (powerful), often out of awareness


Speech dysfluencies

Experiencing the situation or oneself as unreal or removed

Negative biases in the self-concept, e.g., "I am socially inadequate, unlovable, unattractive."


Nervous behaviours, such as touching one's hair or face

Fear of losing control, going crazy, or having a heart attack

A belief that there is a "correct" protocol that the shy person must guess, rather than mutual definitions of social situations


Everyone feels shy from time to time, but some people are likely to feel shyer than others. Also obviously some people feel shy about certain topics (e.g., discussing sex) but not others (e.g., discussing taste in clothes), whereas some people feel shy about speaking in public when they are the focus of social attention, whatever the topic.



Short Repertory of Shyness

COUGH - TIMIDITY agg. ambr.

FACE - EXPRESSION – shy stram.

MIND - ALCOHOLISM - timidity; from med. merc.

MIND - ANGER - alternating with – timidity ran-b. zinc.

MIND - CHEERFUL - alternating with – timidity m-arct.

MIND - CONFIDENT - alternating with – timidity Alum. falco-pe.

MIND - DELIRIUM - shy, hides himself STRAM.

MIND - ECCENTRICITY - alternating with – timidity sul-ac.

MIND - EXHILARATION - alternating with – timidity petr. sul-ac.

MIND - GESTURES, makes – shy arg-n.

MIND - HOPEFUL - alternating with – timidity kali-c.

MIND - INSANITY – shy agar. Anac.

MIND - IRRITABILITY - alternating with – timidity ran-b. zinc.

MIND - PRAYING – timidly stann.

MIND - QUARRELSOME - alternating with – timidity ran-b.

MIND - SADNESS - alternating with – timidity zinc.

MIND - SADNESS - timidity; with plb.

MIND - SADNESS - work-shy persons; in berb. bov. crot-t. dros. gink-b. laur. mez. prun. zinc.

MIND - TALKING - sleep, in - supplicates timidly stann.

MIND - TIMIDITY – afternoon carb-an. con. ferr-p. ran-b.

MIND - TIMIDITY - alcohol amel. nat-m.

MIND - TIMIDITY - alone, when sil.

MIND - TIMIDITY - alternating with – indifference stram.

MIND - TIMIDITY – bashful aids. aloe alumin-sil. Ambr. anac. Aq-mar. arg-n. ars-s-f. aur. Bar-c. Bar-p. bar-s. bell. boerh-d. bufo calc-br. calc-m. calc-s. calc-sil. Calc. Carb-an. carb-v. carc. caust. Chin. COCA cocc. coff. con. cortico. Cupr. elaps ferr. Germ-met. graph. haliae-lc. hyos. Ign. iod. kali-bi. kali-br. kali-i. Kali-p. lil-t. lyc. manc. mang. meli. merc. mez. Nat-c. nat-m. nat-p. nit-ac. nux-v. olib-sac. olnd. op. Petr. ph-ac. phos. PULS. Rhus-t. sep. sil. Staph. Stram. Sul-ac. Sulph. tab. tarent. thuj. tub. zinc.

MIND - TIMIDITY - business; in transacting op. opun-s. opun-v.

MIND - TIMIDITY - children; in - children; towards other ars-i. ars. calc-p. carc. phos. sil.

MIND - TIMIDITY - children; in bar-c. borx. bufo calc-s. carb-v. carc. chin. cupr. graph. iod. kali-c. kali-sil. moni. naja nat-m. phos. puls. sacch. sep. sil. staph. sulph. tarent. tub. zinc.

MIND - TIMIDITY - company, in Ambr. carb-v. chin. cortico. falco-pe. hep. morg. ph-ac. phos. staph.

MIND - TIMIDITY – daytime carb-an. nat-m. pip-m. verb.

MIND - TIMIDITY - evening - bed - going to bed; about acon. ars. bapt. camph. cann-i. Caust. cench. lach. lyc. nat-c. squil.

MIND - TIMIDITY - evening - bed – in kali-c.

MIND - TIMIDITY – evening ant-t. nat-c. ran-b.

MIND - TIMIDITY - forenoon - 9 h carl.

MIND - TIMIDITY - fright, after Acon.

MIND - TIMIDITY – night Caust. Kali-c. RHUS-T.

MIND - TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in - talk in public; to Carb-v. cupr. lach. lachn. Lyc. med. petr. phos. plac. Sil. tritic-vg.

MIND - TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in - talk in public; to - capable to; but lyc.

MIND - TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in - talk in public; to - inapt to talk petr.

MIND - TIMIDITY - public; about appearing in aeth. AMBR. anac. anthraq. arg-n. aur-m-n. bamb-a. bar-s. Carb-v. chin. cocc. cortico. cupr. dys. GELS. graph. kali-p. lach. Lyc. Med. petr-ra. petr. Ph-ac. phos. plac. PLB. SIL. staph. symph. thuj. Tritic-vg.

MIND - TIMIDITY - sleeplessness, during graph.

MIND - TIMIDITY - strangers; in presence of bar-c. dys.

MIND - TIMIDITY - talking; when - sexual desire; about her galeoc-c-h.

MIND - TIMIDITY - twilight; in the phos.

MIND – TIMIDITY abies-c. Acon. adam. agar. Aids. aloe alum-p. alum-sil. Alum. Alumn. Am-br. am-c. am-caust. Am-m. ambr. Ammc. anac. ang. anh. ant-t. arb-m. arg-n. arn. ars-i. ars-s-f. Ars. asar. aur-ar. aur-i. Aur-m-n. aur-s. Aur. bac. BAR-C. bar-i. bar-m. bell. boerh-d. Borx. brass-n-o. BRY. calc-ar. calc-s. calc-sil. CALC. canth. carb-an. Carb-v. Carbn-s. carc. carl. Caust. Chin. chinin-ar. cic. Coca cocc. coff. Coli. Con. cortico. croc. Crot-h. Cupr. cypra-eg. cystein-l. daph. dat-m. dys. elaps elec. falco-pe. ferr-p. ferr. galla-q-r. gard-j. GELS. germ-met. Graph. hep. hydr-ac. hydrog. hyos. Ign. iod. ip. Kali-ar. kali-bi. kali-br. KALI-C. kali-n. Kali-p. Kali-s. Kali-sil. ketogl-ac. Lac-c. lac-e. lac-h. lac-leo. lach. laur. lil-t. LYC. M-arct. m-aust. mag-c. manc. Med. meli-xyz. meli. Merc. Moni. mosch. mur-ac. naja Nat-ar. NAT-C. Nat-m. nat-p. nat-s. nit-ac. Nux-v. op. PETR. PHOS. pin-con. pip-m. plat. PLB. PULS. ran-b. rhod. rhus-g. Rhus-t. ribo. ruta sabad. sacch. sec. sel. SEP. SIL. spig. Spong. stann. staph. Stram. sul-ac. sul-i. SULPH. syc. symph. tab. tarent. tax-br. thuj. Tritic-vg. tub. vanil. verat. verb. zinc-p. zinc.


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Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on February 28, 2014 at 10:51pm

Thanks Dr Sarang.

Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on February 2, 2014 at 10:22am
Dear Dr. Sarang, Thanks for your precious additions. Salute.
Comment by SARANG on February 2, 2014 at 7:04am

Carsinocin is a person is actually dominated since childhood. A/F domination, children in. Carsinocin tries to be perfect all the time because he need love and caring. he knows that he will get it by being perfect so that no one can point out the finger towards him. Thus in ture will be loved. Domination leading to shy and timid nature.

Comment by SARANG on February 2, 2014 at 6:31am

Alumina is a person who feels his head belong to others. But he is also the person who is emotional. Alumina is also in the rubric Delusion great he is. It is also in the rubric Ambition increased,fame for. But the person who feels his head belongs to others and also who is improvident mostly remains timid, yielding

Comment by SARANG on February 2, 2014 at 6:14am

if we try to understand the rubric shyness the parallel rubric comes  closer are Timid, mildness. if we try to see the drugs we get some important drugs like puls, alumina, carcinosin, ignatia, lyco, nat mur, nux vom, silicea etc. We will try to focus some differenciating points between them.

In Pulsatilla person is very mild as well as affectionate. Puls wants love. Dr Fobister beautifully describes puls to be the person who absorbs affection. Puls is also ambitious but knows how to get the work done by being timid , shy , showing oneself gentle and cute. Puls is in the rubric Coquettish too much , feining.

Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on January 30, 2014 at 10:31pm

Too good.

Comment by Dr Rajneesh Kumar Sharma MD(Hom) on January 30, 2014 at 10:30pm

Thanks Dr. Sarang for such a beautiful analysis.

Comment by SARANG on January 30, 2014 at 12:35pm

its interesting

Comment by SARANG on January 30, 2014 at 12:35pm

If we understand rubrics Timidity and Fear observed of her condition, being then we have three remedies calcarea carb, ambra gresia and germanium met. now if you add rubric A/F embarressment then only Abra gresia is the indicated remedy.

Comment by SARANG on January 30, 2014 at 12:28pm

These two rubrics A/F embarrassment and timidity help us to differentiate the drugs more nicely.

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