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14 - shyness and loneliness - Shyness 22:02 Shyness: The...

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Shyness 22:02 Shyness: The syndrome that combines social reticence and inhibited interactive  behavior with nervous discomfort in social settings Fret about social disapproval and unhappily anticipate unfavorable judgments  from others  Tend to be preoccupied with their own imagined inadequacies Don’t feel comfortable or effective at making small talk  Ill-at-ease when they meet new people  Especially common when people are in unfamiliar settings, meeting attractive,  high-status strangers for the first time  Chronically shy: Experiencing shyness frequently o People who are routinely shy fear negative evaluation from others o They tend to doubt themselves Poor self-regard usually accompanies chronic shyness o They feel less competent in their interactions with others Lower levels of social skill They adopt a cautious, relatively withdrawn style of interaction that deflects  interests and enthusiasm from others  People who are temporarily or chronically shy often make the negative  impressions on others that they were hoping to avoid in the first place  Aloof, unrewarding behavior often seems dull or disinterested to others  Shy behavior does not make a good impression on others  Likely to be met by reactions from others that are less sociable and engaging  than those elicited by more gregarious behavior  Shy behavior may only make one’s shyness worse  Most shy people do not need formal training in interaction skills because they do  just fine when they relax and quit worrying about how they’re being judged
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Loneliness 22:02 Loneliness sometimes involves physical isolation 
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Loneliness 22:02 Loneliness seems to emerge from a discrepancy between the kind of social  relations we want and the kind of social relations we have  Social isolation: Dissatisfied because they lack a social network of friends and  acquaintances Emotional isolation: People are lonely because they lack a single intense  relationship Loneliness depends on both our perceptions and our desires, and on a mismatch  between the amount of intimacy we want and the amount we have  Discrepancy model: Both personal predispositions and adverse situations can  contribute to temporary deficiencies in the quality of one’s contact with others  Measuring Loneliness
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course PSYC 334 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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