In today's health matters, social phobia isn't a medical term for normal shyness. In fact, researchers say, It can occur independently of being shy.
Social phobia is a psychiatric condition where a person is overwhelmed in everyday social or performance situations.
Researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health wanted to study the differences between normal shyness and social phobia, to show social phobia wasn't a 'medical' term for shyness.
They assessed shyness in 10,000 then measured the extent normal shyness overlapped into a social phobia.
The team discovered about half identified themselves as shy but only 12 percent could be diagnosed with a social phobia.