Research and Presentations

The publications listed here report research carried out by The Shyness Institute. The Shyness Institute is a non-profit research institution dedicated to research regarding shyness, social anxiety, and related anxiety disorders.

A central focus of this work is the development of The Social Fitness Model, which views capabilities in demanding social situations as analogous to capabilities in demanding physical situations: one needs to get and remain fit if one expects to be able to function. Social fitness is achieved through practice.

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  • Henderson, L., & Zimbardo, P. (1996). Shyness and control: Behavior? Impression on Others? “Second Effort?” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Orlando, Florida.

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  • Henderson, L. (1994). Differentiating self-blame in a high school sample. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Santa Monica, California.

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  • Henderson, L. (1992). Self-blame and shame in shyness. Dissertation Abstracts International (University Microfilms).
  • Henderson, L. (1992). Mean MMPI profile of shyness clinic referrals. Paper presented at the 26th annual meeting of the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Boston, Massachusetts. (in revision for Psychological Reports)
  • Henderson, L. (1992). “Shyness Groups” in M. McKay & K. Paleg (Eds.), Focal psychotherapy groups. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications.

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