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How Shy Are You?
Take the Shyness Quiz*

*Adapted from "The Shy Life Survey" appearing in Shyness: A Bold New Approach (2000, HarperCollins) by Dr. Bernardo J. Carducci, Director, Shyness Research Institute, Indiana University Southeast, New Albany, Indiana.
bcarducc@ius.edu

 

How often do you experience feelings of shyness?

1. Once a month or less
2. Nearly every day
3. Constantly, several times a day

Compared with your peers, how shy are you?
1. Much less shy
2. About as shy
3. Much more shy

"Shyness makes me feel symptoms such as a racing heart and sweaty palms." This description is:
1. Not like me
2. Somewhat like me
3. A lot like me

"Shyness makes me think others are reacting negatively to what I do and say." This description is:
1. Not like me
2. Somewhat like me
3. A lot like me

"Shyness keeps me from behaving appropriately in social settings—for example, introducing myself or making conversation." This description is:
1. Not like me
2. Somewhat like me
3. A lot like me

"Shyness appears when I'm interacting with someone to whom I'm attracted." This description is:
1. Not like me
2. Somewhat like me
3. A lot like me

"Shyness appears when I'm interacting with someone in a position of authority (eg. supervisors at work, professors, experts in their fields)." This description is:
1. Not like me
2. Somewhat like me
3. A lot like me

 

Scoring the Shyness Quiz:

Add together the numbers that correspond to your responses to each of the seven items in the quiz.

7-11 Not at all to slightly shy: Shyness does not seem to be much of a problem for you. Congratulations!

12-16 Moderately shy: Shyness seems to be a frequent barrier in your life.

17-21 Very Shy: Shyness is preventing you from reaching your full potential in life.

 

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