Blushing-Fearful Individuals' Judgmental Biases and Conditional Cognitions: An Internet Inquiry

Corine Dijk*, Peter J. de Jong, Elke Muller, Wietse Boersma

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Abstract

The present study examines two mechanisms that might explain why blushing-fearful individuals fear blushing: Judgmental biases for blushing in ordinary social situations that usually do not elicit a blush, and negative conditional cognitions about blushing irrespective of situation. A web-based self-report measure, linked to a German internet forum for people with fear of blushing, was completed by a group of high blushing-fearful participants (n = 155) and a low fear group (n = 61). Supporting the idea that cognitive biases are involved in fear of blushing, blushing-fearful participants showed inflated estimates of both the probability and the costs of blushing in these situations. In addition, blushing-fearful individuals were characterized by relatively negative conditional cognitions about blushing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2010

Keywords

  • Fear of blushing
  • Judgmental biases
  • Conditional cognitions
  • Internet inquiry
  • SOCIAL PHOBIA
  • ANXIETY
  • FREQUENCY
  • EXPOSURE
  • MODEL

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