They are actually very different things. Shy means having a fear of social rejection while introvert means that you don't need very much social stimulation. You can be shy and extroverted, or outgoing and introverted. Some of the quietest people I know are quite outgoing, but they just don't feel the need to be around people all the time. I am definitely shy, and usually introverted, but sometimes I do need people but I get very nervous around them. So what about you? Are you truly shy or just an introvert?
I'm introverted when I'm around people that I already know, and I'm really shy when I'm around people that I don't know. And by shy, I mean I make a grade-A fool of myself trying not to be the only person in the room who's sitting by herself in a corner.
I'm both. A lot of my shyness probably comes out of awkward situations that have come out of me being an introvert though... So in a way, they're all connected for me.
Also, just because it's relevant, here's a really interesting (in my opinion :P) article about introverts:
I thought this was relevant as well.
I usually don't feel I need other people around me. But when I do, my shyness keeps me from talking to them.
I'm a mix. It just depends on the people I'm around.
im outgoing and a total spaz but cant talk to people well at all.
both :o groupfriendships always end badly for me, flying solo is much easier. mostly because once i get pushed out of group im to shy to try and find someone else. oh well
I think it can change. I was introverted and as a result my shyness probably wasn't as much of a problem as it is now. I'm more extroverted these days and need to be able talk to people more in order to do the things I want to do, but the shyness somehow means I find it exhausting!
I know EXACTLY how you feel
Mostly, I'm an introvert. Well both, but mostly an introvert. But when it comes to talking to strangers or guys I like, I'm just plain shy! But I guess, that has its roots in me being an introvert as well, since I don't really get social norms and - well - people... so to speak... hard to explain, especially in not-my-mothertounge... yeah, I'm mostly an introvert!