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.

Perceptions.

If you have social anxiety, you are often seen by others as being shy, quiet, backward, withdrawn, inhibited, unfriendly, nervous, aloof, and disinterested.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.

Triggering Symptoms.

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

 

Emotional Symptoms.

The feelings that accompany social anxiety include anxiety, high levels of fear, nervousness, automatic negative emotional cycles, racing heart, blushing, excessive sweating, dry throat and mouth, trembling, and muscle twitches. In severe situations, you can develop a dysmorphia concerning part of your body (usually the face) in which you perceive yourself irrationally and negatively.

Constant, intense anxiety (fear) is the most common symptom.

Insight.

When you have social anxiety, most of the time you typically know that your anxiety is irrational, is not based on fact, and does not make rational sense.  Nevertheless, thoughts and feelings of anxiety persist and are chronic (i.e., show no signs of going away).  Appropriate active, structured techniques to change the neural pathways in the brain permanently is the only way to overcome this.  This means that a permanent change is possible for everyone. Social anxiety is a fully treatable condition and can be overcome with effective therapy, work, and patience.

Therapy (Treatment).

Would you not like to live a life that is no longer controlled by fear and anxiety?  Appropriate therapy is markedly successful in changing people’s thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and behavior. During our coaching sessions we eliminate the negative emotions (shame, fears, anxieties, embarrassment, etc.) that are keeping you stuck. Together we get rid of your limiting beliefs so you can feel safe socially.

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