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Social Anxiety

  • By: Amy Wenzel
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Social anxiety is a fear of being evaluated negatively, embarrassed, or judged by others. It is a construct that overlaps significantly with the personality trait of shyness. When a person's social anxiety is associated with life interference or significant personal distress, ...

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