How To Overcome Social Anxiety
Despite what our culture might say, there’s nothing wrong with being shy. Some people simply prefer to remain out of the limelight.
However, if your shyness, fear of meeting people, and fear of putting yourself out there is limiting your life in some way, there’s something you can do about it.
Social anxiety involves a persistent fear that others will judge you negatively.
This fear can:
- Make your stomach and body tense
- Cause you to worry excessively about what others might be thinking of you
- Hold you back from meeting your ideal partner
- Keep you from advancing at work
- Prevent you from just being comfortable in your own skin
Wikipedia defines social anxiety disorder this way:
Social anxiety disorder (SAD or SAnD), also known as social phobia, is an anxiety disorder characterized by intense fear in social situations causing considerable distress and impaired ability to function in at least some parts of daily life.
The diagnosis of social anxiety disorder can be of a specific disorder (when only some particular situations are feared) or a generalized disorder. Generalized social anxiety disorder typically involves a persistent, intense, chronic fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by one’s own actions. These fears can be triggered by perceived or actual scrutiny from others. While the fear of social interaction may be recognized by the person as excessive or unreasonable, overcoming it can be quite difficult.
Physical symptoms often accompanying social anxiety disorder include excessive blushing, sweating (hyperhidrosis), trembling, palpitations, nausea, and stammering often accompanied with rapid speech. Panic attacks may also occur under intense fear and discomfort. An early diagnosis may help minimize the symptoms and the development of additional problems, such as depression. Some sufferers may use alcohol or other drugs to reduce fears and inhibitions at social events.
I have a strong passion for helping people overcome these social fears, because I myself know the pain of intense shyness. From a very young age I was nervous and uncomfortable around people I didn’t know. I spent much of my life waiting for people, friends, partners, and opportunities to come my way.
To help people overcome social fears, self-criticism, and self-doubt, I created The Center for Social Confidence, which offers groups, classes, and individual sessions to help people overcome shyness, become comfortable in themselves, and to create the life they truly desire and deserve.