What is social anxiety?

    13-Sep-2020   
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             A mental health condition, in which social interactions cause irrational anxiety.

For people with social anxiety disorder, everyday social interactions cause irrational anxiety, fear, self-consciousness and embarrassment.

Symptoms may include excessive fear of situations in which one may be judged, worry about embarrassment or humiliation or concern about offending someone. There are many ways to handle this situation. Observe yourself and see are you suffering from any of these symptoms?

 

What causes social anxiety?

Some experiences in the past which might have made a deep impact on his/her mind. Off course these experiences are negative experiences. Some reasons are listed below -

 

Excessive social isolation, including studying alone in academic environments

A childhood with parents or guardians who are overprotective, controlling, restrictive or anxious

Traumatic bullying

Emotional, physical, sexual or verbal abuse

Addictions to or withdrawals from drugs

Excessive use of technology that does not involve in-person or face-to-face interaction

Traumatic family conflicts such as violence or divorce

People in their environment not accepting them or discriminating against them based on part of their identity, including sexual orientation, race and religion

Experience with mental illness

Excessive moving during childhood

The causes of social anxiety in adults and children are the same. Experiences and environments are more likely to be a factor in adults developing social anxiety because they have had more time to experience trauma and socially anxious environments. For children, genetics and temperament can be more significant factors.


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Negative Beliefs that Cause Social Anxiety

To protect themselves from various threats they perceive, people sometimes develop a system of negative beliefs and maladaptive behaviors that cause social anxiety. People with social anxiety tend to have at least a few of the following thoughts when ruminating on upcoming social events or situations.

 

“I’m going to do something embarrassing.”

“I am not going to belong.”

“I am not likeable.”

“People are going to hate me.”

“I’m going to pass out.”

“People are going to be able to tell I’m nervous.”

“I won’t know what to say.”

“I have nothing to offer.”

“Nobody will want to be my friend.”

“I am going to say something stupid.”

“Something is wrong with me.”

Sometimes these thoughts are connected to self-esteem. When people feel like they are not worth much, it’s easy for them to believe they can’t offer anything in a social situation. It isn’t only fear of social criticism. They might not feel like they deserve the benefits of social interactions that will go well.

 

To negate the risk of these anxieties, people with social anxiety avoid many interactions with others. This strategy may allow them to reduce symptoms and put off confronting their social anxiety, but it comes at the cost of limiting how full their lives are. It also makes it difficult for them to handle social situations when they need to.

 

How to overcome Social Anxiety?

The bottom line of this is that the world needs love. If we stop being judgmental and approach people with love respect and care these situations can be avoided. When one feels worthless, just because you have some insecurity inside you and you say something to someone else. You make them suffer for your insecurities. Address the problem which you have with yourself.

 

One should change the perspective to see the world. Always try and find out good qualities of the people you meet. It helps everyone to grow together.

 
Boost each other’s confidence. Praise the good work done by others. Keep a positive approach towards life. I am sure this will help everyone who is dealing with this situation in their lives.