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Shyness and Love: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment.

Love-shyness is a degree of social inhibition regarding the opposite sex that is sufficiently severe as to prevent participation in courtship, marriage, and family roles. This book reviews the sociological, psychological, neurological, and biochemical antecedents of such life-debilitating shyness. It also looks at the consequences that such shyness holds for personal life-style, employment, interaction with friends and kin, and for general well-being. The focus of much of this book is on the results of an extensive research investigation on two heterosexual love-shy groups of men who were compared to a non-shy group on several variables. Considerable attention is also given to such treatments for shyness as practice-dating therapy, psychodrama, role playing, visualization and mental rehearsal, self-image therapy, and psychopharmacological treatment. The book is intended for professional researchers and psychotherapists as well as for school teachers, clergymen, and parents who must deal on a daily basis with severely shy, socially timid children and adolescents. Further, shy people themselves should gain insight into their problem.
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Publication:Adolescence
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Date:Mar 22, 1993
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