Date of Award


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Master Thesis

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Psychology, Social.



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This study examined the impact that perceptions of oneself and others have on shyness. Data were collected from 286 undergraduates who completed a questionnaire containing measures of shyness, expectations of rejection, desire for affiliation, 5 domains of interpersonal competence, self-oriented and socially prescribed perfectionism and interpersonal trust. Consistent with hypotheses, very shy subjects had higher expectations of rejection and similar levels of desire for affiliation compared to nonshy subjects; the relationships between shyness and these measures were also in the predicted direction. The very shy had significantly lower ratings on all interpersonal competence domains and the relationship between shyness and each domain was negative. Although the very shy had higher ratings of socially-prescribed perfectionism and lower levels of interpersonal trust than the nonshy as predicted, the groups did not differ on self-oriented perfectionism. The findings are discussed in terms of their implications for self-presentation theory and the treatment of shyness.Dept. of Psychology. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1991 .J335. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 31-01, page: 0466. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1991.