Shyness: n. being timid mostly (because of a fear of social embarrassment and/or because of an absence of many social skills) and/or because of unattractiveness
If you are fearful and not confident or courageous then you are timid but if your timidity basically stems from feeling that you may be embarrassed or that you have inadequate social skills or that you are not attractive enough then you are being shy.
Many offspring start out shy but once they acquire friends, grow older, and maybe take on leadership roles then their shyness has a tendency to greatly decrease or even disappear.
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