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J Anxiety Disord. 2011 May;25(4):545-53. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2011.01.001. Epub 2011 Jan 20.

The relations between social anxiety and social intelligence: a latent variable analysis.

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  • 1Institute of Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, 55122 Mainz, Germany. beckersa@uni-mainz.de

Abstract

Social anxiety has been associated with biases in cognitive processing and deficits in social performances. Yet, it remains unclear if these variations may be partly attributable to deficits in fundamental social abilities: for example, social intelligence (SI). Using the Magdeburg Test of Social Intelligence (MTSI) as an objective and performance based SI measure, we examined the relationship between social anxiety and SI in a general population sample (N=110) using Structural Equation Modeling. Dimensions of social anxiety as postulated by Clark and Wells (1995) and facets of SI (social understanding, social memory, and social perception), were negatively correlated. Use of safety-behavior in particular was related to deficits in social understanding (r=-0.25; p<0.05) and social perception and memory (r=-0.24; p<0.05). Results suggest small to medium sized relationships between specific facets of social anxiety and certain domains of SI. Therapeutic implications for socially anxious individuals concerning SI are discussed.

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