Introverted vs. Shy
Introversion is a personality trait often confused with shyness. An introverted person enjoys time alone. A shy person doesn’t necessarily want to be alone, but is afraid to interact with others. While therapy often helps a shy person, it can cause stress in an introvert and lead to problems with self-esteem. Introverted people are more inward in their thinking and feeling. Introverts expend energy from social interaction, while most extroverts actually gain energy. Consequently introverts become drained by large social settings and require time alone to recharge. Their preference of interacting with the world around them tends to be viewed as anti-social; however, introverts are just as socially capable as their extroverted peers.