Negative self-imagery blocks inferences.
Previous research has shown that, unlike non-anxious individuals, people with social phobia fail to generate non-threatening inferences when ambiguous social information is first encountered (i.e. 'on-line'; Hirsch and Mathews Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 109 (2000) 705-712). Patients with social phobia also report negative self-imagery in social situations, while individuals without high social anxiety do not. The negative self-imagery in social phobia may prevent the generation of non-th...Expand abstract
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