Shyness pp 343-355 | Cite as

Interpersonal Process Training for Shy Clients

  • Lynn Alden
  • Robin Cappe
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


Shy clients often report a sense of painful self-consciousness. To take some examples:

Karen, a shy 32-year-old housewife, described her fear at a neighborhood party by stating: “I felt that everyone was looking at me, and that I was doing all the wrong things.” Eventually, she left the party without talking to anyone.

Rob, a 24-year-old student, says: “When I’m with a woman, I wonder what she thinks of me, whether I’m a loser, or what. And then I start watching myself and think how stupid I am.” Rob has never been able to ask a woman out and fears he will remain alone for the rest of his life.


Social Anxiety Attentional Focus Test Anxiety Skill Deficit Overt Rehearsal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynn Alden
    • 1
  • Robin Cappe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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