Shy: A personality trait, or a personality blocker?

So I’ve had this thought lately about shyness. I would describe myself as very shy in some contexts. I’m a weird human being though. I am polar opposites all in one and which one will show depends on a number of variables and the outcome can never be predicted.

Anyway. So, shyness. Most would say it is a personality trait. But is it? Shyness is what keeps your personality hidden. It’s what keeps you from really being who you are. Inside you may want to say this, or do that, but your shyness holds you back.

So, is shyness really a trait? Or is a blocker? Is it maybe even an emotion? Or perhaps it’s possibly closely linked with, yet is a more playful positive version of fear?

What do you think?

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