Shyness as a form of self-attention

Embarrassingly, this simple observation blew my mind:

"[L]et’s not confuse shyness with modesty or humility. Charles Darwin, who was very interested in shyness, correctly diagnosed it as a form of “self-attention” — a preoccupation with self. How do I fit in here? What do they think of me?"--from a 04/10 article, "Shyness," by James Parker on Boston.com

I consider myself shy
= I consider myself too much.

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