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Conceptual, Biological, and Behavioral Distinctions Among Different Categories of Shy Children

Louis A. Schmidt and Nathan A. Fox

in Extreme Fear, Shyness, and Social Phobia

Published in print October 1999 | ISBN: 9780195118872
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118872.003.0004

Series: Series in Affective Science

Conceptual, Biological, and Behavioral Distinctions Among Different Categories of Shy Children

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This chapter reports that there may be different types of childhood shyness. The affinity between shyness and shame looks to be claimed by researchers who are interested in shyness as a state or emotion rather than as a temperament or trait. The research into fearful and self-conscious shyness is described. It then provides the results from a study that used the methodology of the studies of children's conceptions to the content analysis of material from interviews with a sample of adults. The data showed that the studies of children's and adults' conceptions of shyness indicate that there is some support for a distinction between two forms of shyness, fearful and self-conscious. It is suggested that the concept of self-conscious shyness is worthy of additional research.

Keywords: childhood shyness; shame; emotion; temperament; trait; fearful shyness; self-conscious shyness

Chapter.  8933 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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