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Shyness and Embarrassment : Perspectives from Social Psychology - W. Ray Crozier

Shyness and Embarrassment

Perspectives from Social Psychology

By: W. Ray Crozier (Editor)

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Published: 14th April 2011
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The contributors to this volume conceive of shyness and embarrassment as widely shared everyday experiences where social interaction is inhibited by self-consciousness and feelings of discomfort or foolishness. The dominant position within social psychology that these are aspects of social anxiety is attacked and defended. The role of unwelcome self-referential thoughts in the experience of the social emotions is a recurring theme throughout the book. This intuitively compelling notion is critically evaluated in terms of objective self-awareness, social anxiety, and impression management theories. A psychological account of these experiences is important for both theoretical and practical reasons: it advances the study of social processes and contributes to the remediation of extreme shyness and social anxiety. This is the first book that treats shyness and embarrassment together. Previous studies dealt with these experiences in isolation, even though they can be difficult to distinguish both in ordinary language and in psychological theory. The central assumption of this book is that understanding the "social emotions" will only be possible if they are considered together, if they are located within their social context, and if conceptual and empirical inquiries are closely related.

"...a valuable collection...." John P. Sabini, Contemporary Psychology

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Theoretical issues in the study of shyness and embarrassment
Social psychological perspectives on shyness embarrassment, and shamep. 19
Shyness and embarrassment in psychological theory and ordinary languagep. 59
The expression of shyness and embarrassmentp. 87
The impact of focus of attention and affect on social behaviourp. 119
The evolution and manifestation of social anxietyp. 144
An emphasis upon embarrassment
Embarrassment: A conceptual analysisp. 181
Embarrassment and blushing: A component-process model, some initial descriptive and cross-cultural datap. 205
Blushing as a discourse: Was Darwin wrong?p. 230
An emphasis upon shyness
A definition of shyness and its implications for clinical practicep. 255
Shyness and self-presentationp. 286
Shyness as a personality traitp. 315
Social anxiety, personality, and the self: Clinical research and practicep. 338
Name indexp. 357
Subject indexp. 361
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ISBN: 9780521172196
ISBN-10: 0521172195
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 14th April 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.4  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.64