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Self-Perception Theory and the Treatment of Shyness

  • Frances M. Haemmerlie
  • Robert L. Montgomery
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)

Abstract

For many people, the feeling of uncertainty, apprehension, and awkwardness in interpersonal situations is a common problem. Surveys indicate that at least 90% of Americans report feeling shy occasionally; and 50% indicate that shyness sometimes constitutes a significant problem for them (Zimbardo, 1977). Although a variety of theoretical approaches have been employed to date to help individuals overcome this problem, (Curran, 1977; Leary, 1983), Bem’s (1972), selfperception theory, a potentially important perspective, has received little attention. In fact, except for an earlier review paper by Kopel and Arkowitz (1975) and a series of studies (Haemmerlie, 1983; Haemmerlie and Montgomery, 1982; Haemmerlie and Montgomery, in press) by the present authors, this approach has received hardly any attention at all in the therapy or treatment literature.

Keywords

Social Skill Social Anxiety Cognitive Dissonance Irrational Belief Social Skill Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frances M. Haemmerlie
    • 1
  • Robert L. Montgomery
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Missouri at RollaRollaUSA

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