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Shyness pp 39-46 | Cite as

A Theory of Shyness

  • Arnold H. Buss
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)

Abstract

This chapter presents a theory that is an elaboration of a conception first developed in my book, Self-Consciousness and Social Anxiety (1980) and in a recent paper (Buss, 1985). Though there is empirical support for several of my assumptions, in the interests of brevity and clarity, I shall not include such data. The interested reader is likely to find such evidence in the more empirical chapters in this volume. In any event, the novel features of my approach are speculations that are stated as hypotheses. Some of these may be difficult to test because they involve statements about the development of shyness and therefore might require a longitudinal study. Others should be relatively easy to test.

Keywords

Social Anxiety Human Infant Social Evaluation Social Object Formal Context 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnold H. Buss
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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