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  • Writer's pictureRose Faquir

Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is an intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others. While it is normal to be fearful of being judge when making presentation or performing in public, people with social anxiety often feel self-conscious in everyday situation, constantly afraid of being judge and fearful of socialising, especially when meeting new people.

Also known as social phobia. People with social anxiety are often feel fearful in social situations, such as meeting new people, dating, attending function or a job interview. They avoid having to speak in front of people for fear of subject to humiliation, judgment, and rejection. People with social anxiety often struggles with sense of inadequacy, Inferiority, embarrassment and depressions.

The cause of social anxiety varies. One of the reason is the chemical imbalances of serotonin and amygdala. Research generally support the theory that s previous negative experience, such as bullying, being subjected to constant criticism and public shaming lead to social anxiety.

Social anxiety usually starts during youth and people who are extremely shy are susceptible to it. Psychotherapy using EMDR and CBT have been proven to be effective in working with people with social anxiety.

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