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Extreme Fear, Shyness, and Social Phobia$
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Louis A. Schmidt and Jay Schulkin

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195118872

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118872.001.0001

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

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

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(p.47) 4 Conceptual, Biological, and Behavioral Distinctions Among Different Categories of Shy Children
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Extreme Fear, Shyness, and Social Phobia
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Louis A. Schmidt

Nathan A. Fox

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118872.003.0004

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

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