Threat, shyness, and their impact on making a personal introduction videotape

Chen, Hong, and Jackson, Todd (2005) Threat, shyness, and their impact on making a personal introduction videotape. In: Proceedings of the APS Psychology of Relationships Interest Group 5th Annual Conference. pp. 47-51. From: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Personal, National and International Relationships, 12 - 13 November 2005, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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This study examined the impact of internal (heart-rate feedback) and external (degree of task structure) sources of threat and shyness on university students’ responses to making a personal introduction videotape. Shy and less shy participants, randomly assigned to higher (n=44) and lower (n=43) threat conditions completed measures of appraisal and self-statements before and after this stressor. Shy presenters in a high threat condition (i.e., given heart-rate feedback suggesting anxiety, less structure in preparing introduction) were more likely to appraise the task as a threat than less shy subgroups and reported fewer positive self statements and a more protective orientation than less threatened shy and non-shy subgroups after the task. Findings suggest strategies to decrease internal and external task threats may help the shy to modify appraisals and self-talk when faced with impression management challenges.

Item ID: 7772
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-0-909881-37-5
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2010 01:43
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 100%
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