I felt prompted to start this conversation because of a book I'm reading called "Shyness and Society - An Illusion of Competence" by Susie Scott. In it, she approaches the (Western/European) concept of a "shy person" from a sociological perspective: What characteristics are ascribed to that label, how is shyness depicted in media, what kind of messages are associated with the concept, etc.
I've gone my life assuming that there's a rigid distinction between "shy" and "non-shy" people, as if it was some innate temperament that a human mind can take on. But... this book makes a really interesting argument for shyness as a socially-oriented state of mind that is socially produced and managed. It's been really interesting to reevaluate how I've incorporated shyness into my own personal narrative and identity. Especially as someone who's floated through North American psychiatric systems which characterize social functioning in a very specific way.
I find it so interesting to deconstruct concepts that we internalize as fundamental truths!
What about you?