International Handbook of Social Anxiety: Concepts, Research, and Interventions Relating to the Self and Shyness

By W. Ray Crozier; Lynn E. Alden | Go to book overview

Chapter 4
Positively Shy! Developmental
Continuities in the Expression
of Shyness, Coyness,
and Embarrassment

Vasudevi Reddy

SHYNESS AS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE

Issues of Definition

BEHAVIOURAL EXPRESSIONS OF SHYNESS, COYNESS, AND EMBARRASSMENT:
THE CENTRALITY OF AMBIVALENCE

Gaze Aversion: Ambivalent Combinations and Timing

Smiles and Smile Controls

Movements of the Head and Hands, Speech Disturbances and Blushing

DEVELOPMENTS IN THE EXPRESSION OF POSITIVE SHYNESS AND COYNESS

Empirical Assumptions and Theoretical Confusions

Shy/Coy Expressions in Early Infancy

Continuities and Developments in Positive Shyness and Coyness

CONCLUSION
REFERENCES


SHYNESS AS A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE

Interpersonal shyness can be a positive experience. The majority of studies of shyness in infancy and childhood, however, have viewed it as a factor that detracts from early interpersonal and object-related engagements, and deprives the child of exploratory and playful experiences. The general focus, in effect, has been on

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