A Self-Presentational Model for the Treatment of Social Anxieties

  • Mark R. Leary


Social anxiety is virtually unavoidable. To the extent that most of the best and worst things that happen to us come at the hands of other people, it is not surprising that we sometimes worry about our interactions with others. However, some people experience more than their share of interpersonal distress. Over 50% of the respondents in Zimbardo’s (1977) surveys reported that shyness was sometimes a significant problem for them, and roughly a quarter of American college students express some degree of apprehension about interacting with or dating people of the other sex (Borkovec, Stone, O’Brien, & Kaloupek, 1974; Glass, Gottman, & Shmurak, 1976). Indeed, some people indicate that they nearly always feel anxious when interacting. Further, research suggests that at least 20% of college students are exceptionally apprehensive about speaking in public (McCroskey, 1977). Not surprisingly, many of these individuals seek professional help for their social difficulties.


Social Skill Social Anxiety Test Anxiety Counseling Psychology Social Skill Training 
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