Social phobia: relationship to shyness.

  title={Social phobia: relationship to shyness.},
  author={Shannon M Turner and Deborah C. Beidel and Ruth M. Townsley},
  journal={Behaviour research and therapy},
  volume={28 6},
The characteristics of social phobia and shyness were compared on six dimensions: somatic features, cognitive characteristics, behavioral responses, daily functioning, clinical course, and onset characteristics. The results revealed that shyness and social phobia have a number of similar features. However, as currently conceptualized, the two syndromes differ in a number of important aspects as well. Definitive distinctions are hampered by the lack of empirical studies directing comparing the… CONTINUE READING