What do you do when experiencing intense anxiety or nervousness when faced with social situations?
How often do you fear being judged or criticized by others?
What happens when you worry about making mistakes, looking bad or being embarrassed in front of others?
If the responses to these questions bring-up thoughts of self-doubt, you may have issues with social anxiety. While it is normal to feel nervous in some social situations, people who experience social anxiety daily tend to avoid everyday interactions that cause them significant fear, anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment because they fear being scrutinized or judged by others.
People with Social Anxiety often experience significant distress in some of the following situations:
- Being teased or criticized
- Being the center of attention
- Being watched or observed while completing a task
- Having to say something in a formal, public setting
- Meeting people in authority, such as important people or authority figures
- Feeling insecure and out of place in social situations
- Embarrassing easily
- Meeting other people’s eyes
Social anxiety can be holding you back from leading a more fulfilled life. Dealing with difficulties in life may seem scary, yet by crossing the bridge, you reach another side. On this side, you gain a higher sense of self-worth which motivates you to achieve. Learning coping skills in therapy sessions can help you gain the confidence you need to improve your ability to interact with others.
If you feel you may have a social anxiety issues, I encourage you to contact me today for a 15 minute free consultation.