Relations of Shyness and Low Sociability to Regulation and Emotionality

Nancy Eisenberg, Richard Fabes, Bridget C. Murphy

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The relations of shyness and low sociability (i.e., the nonfearful preference to be alone) to measures of regulation and emotionality were examined. College students and (for some variables) friends reported on their relevant dispositional characteristics. In general, shyness was associated with low regulation and high negative emotionality (including intensity, negative affectivity, and personal distress), low positive affect, and low constructive coping. In contrast, low sociability was unrelated to negative emotionality; associated with low positive emotional intensity, low physiological reactivity, and high inhibition control; and correlated with low seeking of social support as a means of coping. The findings are considered within a heuristic model in which emotional reactivity and regulation are proposed as predictors of social responding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-517
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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