The Japanese Journal of Personality
Online ISSN : 1349-6174
Print ISSN : 1348-8406
ISSN-L : 1348-8406
Characteristics of Social Anxiety Elicited with the Repertory Grid Technique
Hitomi AbeShouji ImaiKaneo Nedate
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2013 Volume 21 Issue 3 Pages 203-215


This study examined the characteristics of personal constructs of individuals with high social anxiety using the repertory grid technique (the Rep), an assessment tool based on George Kelly's personal construct theory. Eighteen university students with high social anxiety completed the Rep for social anxiety, developed by the authors to elucidate the features of personal constructs from the perspective of the interaction between the person and the environment. The results revealed the features of the elements and constructs characteristic of socially anxious individuals. The responses to the Rep of all respondents were classified into five major categories. Furthermore, there were a variety of personal constructs in individuals with high social anxiety. The Rep seems to provide greater understanding about the features of individuals suffering from high social anxiety than ordinary questionnaires.

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