A Trait-Situational Analysis of Shyness
Few researchers would disagree that the feeling of shyness derives from the interplay of both situational and individual factors. However, situations that lead to shyness have not been extensively researched and consequently are not well understood. As a result, situational factors typically have not been included in theoretical statements about shyness. In order to do so, two issues need to be resolved. First, what kinds of situations lead to the experience of shyness? Second, how do such situations combine with internal psychological factors (e.g., personality) to produce shyness? We have been conducting research relevant to these two issues, and will focus in some detail on the question of how best to predict shyness-related experiences from individual difference and situational variables.
KeywordsSocial Situation Response Measure Situational Factor Variable Subject Situational Characteristic
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