Shyness pp 147-160 | Cite as

Shyness as a Discrete Emotion

  • Carroll E. Izard
  • Marion C. Hyson
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


The publication of this volume is somewhat ironic. It exposes the concept of shyness to the merciless scrutiny of a large group of strangers—the very situation that shy individuals find most distressing. Whether this scrutiny uncovers new aspects of shyness, or results in its further retreat, may depend on our strategy in approaching this elusive construct. In this chapter, we propose that shyness may be cautiously but productively approached as a specific quality of emotion experience.


Facial Expression Social Anxiety Discrete Emotion Behavioral System Approach Universal Emotion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carroll E. Izard
    • 1
  • Marion C. Hyson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Department of Individual and Family StudiesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA

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