Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. You could say social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. It is a pervasive disorder and causes anxiety and fear in most all areas of your life. It is chronic because it does not go away on its own. The transformation coaching process incorporates direct cognitive-behavioral techniques that can change the brain, and help people overcome social anxiety.
If you have social anxiety, you are often seen by others as being shy, quiet, backward, withdrawn, inhibited, unfriendly, nervous, aloof, and disinterested.
I bet, even if you suffer from social anxiety, you want to make friends, be included in groups, and be involved and engaged in social interactions. But having social anxiety prevents you from being able to do the things you want to do. Although you want to be friendly, open, and sociable, it is fear (anxiety) that holds you back.
If you have social anxiety you would generally experience significant distress in the following situations:
- Being introduced to other people.
- Being teased or criticized.
- Being the center of attention.
- Being watched or observed while doing something.
- Having to say something in a formal, public situation.
- Meeting people in authority. (“important people/authority figures”).
- Feeling insecure and out of place in social situations. (“I don’t know what to say.”)
- Embarrassing easily. (e.g. blushing, shaking).
- Meeting other peoples’ eyes.
- Swallowing, writing, talking, making phone calls if in public.
This list is not a complete list of symptoms — other symptoms may be associated with social anxiety as well