Report on a Presentation at the 15th European Congress of Psychology
"Negative relationship between shyness and life satisfaction: Moderating role by generation"

From July 11 to 14, 2017, we participated in the 15th European Congress of Psychology held in Amsterdam, Holland.

This is something personal, but it was my first time landing and staying in Europe. Almost all the people that I talked to in towns could use English without difficulty, and I arrived at my hotel without any trouble. However, I experienced something that Japanese may find rare. If a train is a few minutes late, an announcement of the delay is not made. In some cases, trains may even be cancelled. It was a new experience for me to suddenly see an electric display say "Cancelled."
Another thing I felt after arriving in Holland was that people there were all tall. I have heard that there is actual data that supports this fact. Thus, I believe I was regarded as a short person, although I am average height in Japan. I recommend you travel there and experience some of the same things.

Our research group gave an oral presentation on "Negative relationship between shyness and life satisfaction: Moderating role by generation" from 11:15 to 12:45 on the 13th.

The content of the presentation is described by the title. We explored the possibility of generation functioning as a moderating variable regarding a negative relationship between shyness and life satisfaction. Consistently, in previous studies, a tendency has been observed in many cultures that the lower the level of shyness is, the lower the level of life satisfaction. Variables that mediate the relationship, or variables that explain the relationship between the two by intervening, have already been clarified in several studies. However, variables that moderate the relationship, or situations that change the relationship of these two variables, have not yet been investigated. Therefore, our research focused on "generation," which is one demographic variable used as a moderating variable. We collected data from throughout Japan using a large-scale online survey, and through our analysis, we observed an interesting trend. Concretely, while a negative relationship was consistently observed between shyness and life satisfaction for those in their 20s to 60s, as a previous study suggested, we didn't observe such a tendency in those in their 10s. Presumably, because people in their 10s are not yet a working member of society and their opportunities to communicate with various people are limited, shyness does not appear to be an issue like it is for people of other generations.
After our presentation, we received some advice related to our analysis, making me feel strongly about the importance of receiving opinions from a large audience.

For the first time I served as a chairperson at the international conference. All presenters gave their presentations in a very easy way to understand and the session time of 90 minutes quickly passed. In addition, I seriously listened to researchers from Turkey and Ghana and expanded my own viewpoints. Furthermore, in one presentation, concepts proposed by a Japanese researcher and related papers were quoted. Being Japanese, I was proud of this, and felt strongly that I also want to draw attention to my research from all over the world by presenting my papers in English.

Since a different atmosphere from conferences in Japan can be experienced, I would like to actively participate in international conferences.
The highest temperature in Amsterdam was 20℃, and thus we could escape the too hot temperatures in Japan. While writing this report, the news surprised me by saying that the temperature reached 35℃ in Kushiro, Hokkaido.
Negative relationship between shyness and life satisfaction: Moderating role by generation
(Takafumi Sawaumi, Tsutomu Inagaki, Atsushi Aikawa)

(Takafumi Sawaumi, CRET Researcher)

Takafumi Sawaumi

CRET Researcher / Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Sociology, Ryutu Keizai University

Hobbies: I try to get some physical activity by playing tennis or doing yoga on a regular basis. I am also busy learning foreign languages, while overseas travel is one of my pleasures in life.

Research topic: I specialize in cross-cultural research on interpersonal communication and personality.


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