Adult Shyness: The Interaction of Temperamental Sensitivity and an Adverse Childhood Environment

  title={Adult Shyness: The Interaction of Temperamental Sensitivity and an Adverse Childhood Environment},
  author={Elaine N. Aron and Arthur Aron and Kristin Davies},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={181 - 197}
This article examines the relation between adult shyness and sensory-processing sensitivity and posits a new model in which the interaction of sensitivity and adverse childhood environment leads to negative affectivity (with the highly sensitive being more impacted), which in turn leads to shyness. Consistent with this model, two questionnaire studies (Ns = 96 and 213) supported three hypotheses: (a) sensory-processing sensitivity interacts with recalled quality of childhood parental… 

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