“The Bravest Thing I Ever Did Was To Continue Learning How To Live, When Every Piece Of Me Wanted To Die.”
Social anxiety refers to a condition wherein sufferers fear social situations and talking to others which may automatically trigger feelings of judgment, self-consciousness, criticism, and evaluation. It is thus the fear of being negatively evaluated or judged by others, resulting in feelings of embarrassment, inadequacy, depression, and humiliation. Individuals who are fine when alone, but experience anxiety in social situations, may be suffering from social anxiety.
People suffering from social anxiety disorder are afraid that they will make mistakes, face humiliation, or look bad in front of other people. We usually tend to think of people with social anxiety as being awkward, timid, or shy.
This however is not so in most cases. A person with social anxiety can be one of the most charismatic individuals you may know. Just because a person is the life of the party does not necessarily mean that the person is enjoying being the life of the party.
That person may have social anxiety and may be putting on that suave act as they feel the need to do that extra bit, due to the fear of embarrassment or humiliation in that party.
People who have friends suffering from social anxiety need to remember that telling the sufferers to relax or chill out is the worst thing to do.
Social anxiety sufferers do not ‘flaunt’ the symptoms of a panic attack just to be dramatic!
We must remember that they do not do it on purpose as it is beyond their control and that those symptoms can make the sufferers feel as if they are actually dying. Social phobia or social anxiety disorder is more widespread than previously estimated. Millions of individuals all over the globe suffer from this traumatic and distressing problem on a daily basis, either in the form of a generalized social phobia or as a particular social anxiety.
A specific kind of social anxiety can refer to speaking in front of public or groups, while generalized social phobia refers to a sufferer being nervous, anxious, and distressed in nearly all or most instances of social gatherings. Different studies in the US have found that social anxiety is the 3rd most common psychological condition in the country.
A social anxiety sufferer can experience intense emotional discomfort in situations such as:
- Getting introduced to others
- Getting criticized or teased
- Going around a room and having to talk about something
- Being looked at when carrying out a task
- Almost all social encounters, especially with unknown people
- Meeting important people, like those with power or authority
- Being the center of attention
- Making idle small talk at gatherings or parties
Physiological symptoms of social anxiety may include a racy heart, extreme fear, blushing, swallowing problems, trembling, dry mouth and throat, increased sweating, shaking hands, twitchy muscles, and eye contact issues. Another common feature of social phobia is extreme, constant anxiety.
Social anxiety is definitely curable through CBT & NLP. A perception shift can be adopted for current environments that may be causing anxiety for someone. As well during times of heightened social anxiousness a sufferer can bring with them certain skill sets so that the nervous system can remain calm and continue creating a state of homeostasis in the body.