Research Paper

Shyness and emotional expressiveness as predictors of well-being

Author: Teodora Alexandra Ilie, Alexandra Lupu, Anca Ştefania Florea, Gabriela Petre, Andreea Irina Filipoiu, Alexandra Trifan, Florin Ionescu, Petre Răducan
Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, Romania

The aim of this study is to determine whether shyness and emotional expressiveness can be predictive factors of well-being. Participants in this study are people (N = 50) aged between 21 and 64 (M=32.5, SD=4.61) who completed Revised Cheek and Buss Shyness Scale, the Berkeley Expressivity Questionnaire and the Ryff’s Psychological Well-Being Scales. The study tested hypotheses which stipulate that well-being is higher when the level of shyness is lower and that there is a correlation between well-being and emotional expressiveness. The results of the study have shown that there is a negative correlation between shyness and well-being. It also highlighted the fact that there is no significant difference between men and women in terms of shyness, emotional expressiveness and well-being.

Keywords: Shyness, emotional expressiveness, well-being, gratifying life, positive relations with others