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ERIC Number: ED137861
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Communication Anxiety: A Psychotherapeutic Perspective.
Barnes, Richard E.
A person who lacks confidence in communicating is viewed as slightly neurotic, possessing a general trait of high anxiety. The person tends to avoid interaction situations and does not initiate interactions. As a consequence, he or she probably has poor social relations and low self-concept, feels alienated from others, and finds it difficult to trust relations with others. The underlying cause of this condition may be due to a single significantly traumatizing event or a series of repeatedly reinforced conditions. A strong possibility exists that the event or events occurred early in the development of a child, resulting in learned habitual responses to adverse conditions even after the original stimulus has disappeared. Since the communication anxious person is regarded as neurotic, psychotherapeutic treatment procedures involving disclosure and low-threat conditions may be appropriately used in conjunction with, or in place of, a behavior therapy technique such as systematic desensitization. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Berlin, May 29-June 4, 1977)