difference between "shyness" and "diffidence"

dzpqkl

Senior Member
汉语
Hello everyone,

Recently I've been trying to translate an English article into Chinese, I found myself stucked in these two words "shyness" and "diffidence". Can you tell me what's the difference?

Thanks
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Not much, on many people's lips.

    Shyness is often an emotional reluctance to come forward; diffidence rather a disposition to hold back. The net effect is often very similar.
     

    Nunty

    Modified
    Hebrew-US English (bilingual)
    In some cases (but not all), shyness stems from a person's inner world (feelings, self-image, personal history, background etc.), whereas diffidence may be rooted in external factors (the person being addressed, an intimidating situation, etc.)
     
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