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Adaptive Shyness

Multiple Perspectives on Behavior and Development

Editors: Schmidt, Louis A, Poole, Kristie L. (Eds.)

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  • Explores adaptive aspects of shyness from developmental, biological, social, cultural, and evolutionary perspectives
  • Reviews shyness in traditional context of enduring personality trait, an emotion, and a behavior focusing on negative consequences
  • Addresses issues relating to social interaction, social inhibition, social anxiety, and social withdrawal
  • Examines shyness across evolution, animal species, and human culture 
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This book examines the adaptive aspects of shyness. It addresses shyness as a ubiquitous phenomenon that reflects a preoccupation of the self in response to social interaction, resulting in social inhibition, social anxiety, and social withdrawal. The volume reviews the ways in which shyness has traditionally been conceptualized and describes the movement away from considering it as a disorder in need of treatment. In addition, it examines the often overlooked history and current evidence across evolution, animal species, and human culture, demonstrating the adaptive aspects of shyness from six perspectives: developmental, biological, social, cultural, comparative, and evolutionary.

Topics featured in this book include:

  • The study of behavioral inhibition and shyness across four academic generations.
  • The development of adaptive subtypes of shyness.
  • Shy children’s adaptation to academic challenges.
  • Adaptiveness of introverts in the workplace.
  • The role of cultural norms and values in shaping shyness.
  • Perspectives of shyness as adaptive from Indigenous Peoples of North America.
  • The role that personality differences play on ecology and evolution.

Adaptive Shyness is a must-have resource for researchers and professors, clinicians and related professionals as well as graduate students in developmental psychology, pediatrics, and social work as well as related disciplines, including social/personality, evolutionary, biological, and clinical child psychology, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies.

About the authors

Louis A. Schmidt is Professor and Director of the Child Emotion Laboratory in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. His research interests are in the areas of temperament, socioemotional development, and developmental psychophysiology.  He is particularly interested in how biology and early experiences shape the development of individual differences in temperament in typical and atypical development.

Kristie L. Poole is a PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. Broadly, her research investigates the interaction among temperamental, physiological, and contextual factors involved in socio-emotional development. She is particularly passionate about studying the developmental origins and biological foundations of shyness, as well as investigating factors that maintain or alter shyness across development.


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • The Study of Behavioral Inhibition and Temperamental Shyness Across Four Academic Generations

    Pages 3-21

    Schmidt, Louis A. (et al.)

  • Adaptive Shyness: A Developmental Perspective

    Pages 25-40

    Poole, Kristie L. (et al.)

  • Development and Psychophysiological Correlates of Positive Shyness from Infancy to Childhood

    Pages 41-61

    Colonnesi, Cristina (et al.)

  • Shy but Getting By: Protective Factors in the Links Between Childhood Shyness and Socio-Emotional Functioning

    Pages 63-87

    Coplan, Robert J. (et al.)

  • Inhibited Children in a Social World: Transactional and Interactive Processes

    Pages 91-110

    Liu, Pan (et al.)

Buy this book

eBook £87.50
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-38877-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover £109.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-38876-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Adaptive Shyness
Book Subtitle
Multiple Perspectives on Behavior and Development
Editors
  • Louis A Schmidt
  • Kristie L. Poole
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-38877-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-38877-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-38876-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 327
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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