ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2015, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (3): 489-495.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2015.00489

• Regular Articles • Previous Articles     Next Articles

Interpersonal Sensitivity: From Social Cognition to Psychological Risk Factor

LIU Yan1; GU Chuanhua2   

  1. (1 Hunan Railway Professional College, Zhuzhou 412001, China) (2 Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior (CCNU), Ministry of Education; School of Psychology, Central China University, Wuhan 430079, China)
  • Received:2014-02-11 Online:2015-03-15 Published:2015-03-15
  • Contact: GU Chuanhua, E-mail:


As a social cognitive capacity, interpersonal sensitivity has become a hot research topic. Interpersonal sensitivity is defined in recent years as a stable and aggregate personality trait characterized by consistent concerns about negative social evaluation, high vigilance and sensitivity to others’ evaluations, and defensive behaviors such as submission and inhibition to avoid negative social evaluation. Researchers found that interpersonal sensitivity is a psychological risk factor for infectious diseases and possibly cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Effective methods for measuring interpersonal sensitivity is in need so as to integrate relevant models, to understand how interpersonal sensitivity affects health, and to improve psychological intervention and disease prevention.

Key words: interpersonal sensitivity, social cognition, psychological risk factor