The Activation of
Structures in Social Anxiety
Mark W. BaldwinandPatricia Fergusson
THE CONTENT OF RELATIONAL SCHEMAS IN SOCIAL ANXIETY
RESEARCH: THE ACTIVATION OF RELATIONAL SCHEMAS
Activation of Attachment Orientations
Activation of Self-evaluative Styles
Schema Application and Self-focus
Associative Networks and Spreading Activation
Cued Activation of Relational Schemas
SUMMARY AND CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
The problem of social anxiety is, by definition, both interpersonal and cognitive in nature. At the core of social anxiety is the compelling expectation, and fear, of negative interpersonal evaluation. For individuals with clinically significant social anxiety, this expectation poisons their outlook on relationships, undermines their attempts at smooth social interaction, and clouds their interpretation and memory of social outcomes.
A theme common to many of the classic writings of interpersonal and psychodynamic psychologists is that people's thoughts and feelings about their social
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Publication information: Book title: International Handbook of Social Anxiety: Concepts, Research, and Interventions Relating to the Self and Shyness. Contributors: W. Ray Crozier - Editor, Lynn E. Alden - Editor. Publisher: Wiley. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2001. Page number: 235.
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