What is social anxiety?
Social Anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. It is the constant fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. It is to have a stronger than usual desire to make a good social impression.
To have social anxiety means that it takes almost every ounce of courage just to initiate a simple conversation or to be in the presence of people in any public place or situation.
Social anxiety is to dwell on a social interaction for much longer than necessary, second guessing every word spoken and every action taken out.
What does social anxiety feel like?
Imagine the constant dread and anxiety leading up to and during any social situation.
What will happen?
I don’t want to do this.
I can’t do this.
I’m going to say something stupid…
Imagine getting through such situations.
The moment of relief… before all the endless, drowning worries and thoughts come crashing back in.
Why did I say that?
They think I’m stupid.
Why did I do that?
I shouldn’t have said that.
Imagine second guessing, questioning every word you spoke, every answer you received, every action taken, every look given.
Remembering every minute, every second until it’s engraved in your mind, recalled as simply as your own name.
Stuck in your head like the lyrics of your favourite song or like that nagging feeling that just won’t go away.
Imagine the thoughts and worries of such experiences always lurking in the back of your mind, waiting, to be sprung upon you when you’re least expecting in an endless cycle.
It's the beginning of the battles of our mind.
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