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If you’ve spent most of your life feeling really worried about being called on in class or at work, called out in an embarrassing situation, or called upon to perform, you may wonder about the anxiety that grips you in social situations.

You’ve been labeled shy. But you’re pretty sure it’s more that that.

People looking at you scares you. The idea of people talking about you puts you on edge.

Being anywhere, with almost any group of people, is a frightening situation to avoid.

Social anxiety is the distress and worry felt in social situations. Social anxiety often comes with strong physical and mental symptoms, caused by acute concern of possible rejection or humiliation.

The online forum, Social Anxiety Support (SAS), describes social anxiety as “a feeling of discomfort, fear, or worry that is centered on our interactions with other people and involves a concern with being judged negatively, evaluated, or looked down upon by others.”

What about you? Are you experiencing social anxiety? Or are you just not a people person?

Let’s see. Take the following quiz to help figure things out:

1. Are you frightened that you will do or say something that humiliates you in front of others?

True

False

2. Do you continually avoid being the center of attention?

True

False

3. Do you constantly feel people are watching and judging you?

True

False

4. Does your fear of embarrassment keep you from accomplishing what you want most?

True

False

5. Are you sure speaking to people will just lead to some form of humiliation?

True

False

6. Are you consumed by worry or fear, for days or weeks, about upcoming social situations or events?

True

False

7. Do you experience acute fear when meeting new people or unfamiliar social situations?

True

False

8. Are you likely to experience physical symptoms such as nausea, trembling, sweating, or shortness of breath, when social situations arise?

True

False

9. Would you characterize your extreme response to social situations as a ”panic attack”?

True

False

10. Do you plan your schedule, work, or activities so that you have the fewest social situations possible?

True

False

11. Are you prone to drinking, or the use of any other substance, to ease your fear of social situations?

True

False

12. Does your anxiety about social situations often cause you to alter your normal routine?

True

False

13. Has your fear of social situations affected your ability to function, or succeed at work or school?

True

False

14. Do you think your fear of socializing has kept you from developing friendships, dating relationships or other types of meaningful connections?

True

False

15. Do you spend most of your time at home alone or with a small number of well-known people?

True

False

The more “True” answers you chose, the more likely it is you are dealing with social anxiety.

The intense uneasiness, fear, or panic that accompanies social performance situations is holding you back, and limiting your life.

You don’t have to live this way. You don’t have to constantly hide or hold back because you’re afraid people will whisper judgment, look down on you, or openly laugh at you. Take a closer look at your anxiety and loneliness. You can challenge those thoughts. You can discover, once and for all, if getting to know others is as scary as it feels.

With the help of a therapist, you can uncover the reasons for your distress, and begin to learn how to live your life in the presence of others.

Find out more about Anxiety Counselling in Glasgow  OR  call Neil Ward Counselling today on 07970 860 711 if you would like help with social anxiety.

 

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