The Role of Shyness and Self–Focused Attention for Attribution of Reactions in Social Situations to Internal and External Causes
2007 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, Vol. 48, no 6, 519-527 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The hypothesis that shyness would be associated with attribution of emotional reactions to stable internal causes rather than to less stable internal and external causes was tested in Study 1 (N = 60). In Study 2 (N= 112) the hypothesis that the explanatory power of shyness would decrease once the effect of self-focused attention on attribution to stable internal causes had been controlled for was tested. The results confirmed both hypotheses. Shyness correlated positively with attribution to stable internal causes, but non-significant with attribution to less stable internal and external causes. Shyness explained a lesser portion of the variance in attribution to both of the internal causes when controlling for self-focus. Even though the findings indicate that self-focus is central to the social cognitive processes of shy individuals, they also suggest that self-focus cannot fully explain attribution to internal causes in general and shy individuals' attributional pattern in particular.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 48, no 6, 519-527 p.
Shyness, attribution, internal causes, external causes, emotional reactions, self-focused attention
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13841DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2007.00607.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13841DiVA: diva2:21825