Social anxiety is an abnormal and overwhelming fear of social situations. It can range from just feeling a little bit anxious to full-blown panic attacks. Social anxiety is often characterized by dry throat, trembling, and blushing, as well as other symptoms like nausea and shortness of breath.
If you have social anxiety, you’re not alone. At some point in your life, around 15% of the population will be affected by it. So what are the good things about social anxiety? What are the bad things? And what’s ugly about it? Read on to find out!
You might be more likely to think before speaking or saying something inappropriate in front of others. This is debilitating for people with social anxiety because they’re afraid that what they say might come out wrong or that they’ll embarrass themselves in front of an audience. Your desire to think before you speak can be a gift because it can help keep you from saying things you’ll later regret.
Social anxiety might make you extremely relationship-focused. If you have social anxiety, you may devote more time to friendships and romantic relationships than other people do. You might feel the need to make sure everyone is happy and satisfied instead of focusing on your own happiness and satisfaction. You may worry about what your friends are thinking and feeling, and this concern can be a good thing because it’s possible that it makes you into a better friend who cares more about others than yourself.
If you have social anxiety, you might be a better listener. You could have a difficult time talking to someone in person or even on the phone if that person is being negative or complaining. You may listen well and not let anyone really get a word in edgewise. When you’re listening, your mind could be busy thinking about what you’re going to say next instead of what your friend is saying now.
Social anxiety can make it hard for people to make eye contact with others. It’s possible that you might think it’s best not to look someone in the eye because you don’t want them to judge you unkindly.
Social anxiety can make it hard for people to talk about their emotions with their friends. This is an issue because it makes other people feel uncomfortable and unsure about their relationships with these individuals. It’s possible that you might think it’s best not to discuss your feelings or discuss them unemotionally so as not to offend the other person.
Social anxiety can make it difficult to ask loved ones how they’re doing. It’s possible that you might think it’s best not to ask your loved ones how they’re doing because you don’t want to upset them if they are having a bad day. In consequence, they might stop communicating with you, which can be quite devastating to both of you.
The ugly thing about social anxiety is the way it can stop people from talking to others and asking for help when they need it.
Social anxiety can make it difficult for people to ask others for help. It’s possible that you might think that the only way to get around the problem of social anxiety is to avoid having problems with life altogether, but that won’t do much good either.
Social anxiety can make it difficult for people to confront their fears. If social anxiety is as powerful as some people think it is, you may not be able to deal with problems until they can’t be ignored. They may be stuck dealing with the same problems over and over again until they lose confidence in their ability to deal with difficult situations.
Social anxiety can make it difficult for people to realize that they’re feeling or experiencing certain emotions or certain types of emotions. This can be a problem because this type of emotion denial can lead to bigger problems later on. In relationships, love and passion are all about sharing those emotions with your partner every day.
Social anxiety can make it difficult for people to make friends due to their fears of saying or doing the wrong thing. This might leave you feeling alone and lonely. Social anxiety may make it difficult for people to ask for help when they need it. If social anxiety keeps you from asking for help when you need it, this could further isolate you from the people in your life who can help you. This isolation could make things much worse.
Social anxiety can make it difficult for people to talk to loved ones about their feelings. If you have social anxiety, you may think that it’s best not to talk to family members or loved ones about your emotions. If you don’t, they might feel like they can’t talk to you about their emotions and thoughts and fears and concerns. If this happens, they may feel disconnected from you, and that could lead to resentment or worse. They might start to wonder what’s so wrong with them that they can’t talk to their loved ones about their feelings.
In conclusion, there’s something good and something bad about social anxiety. It’s important to look for the good because that can be very helpful in finding ways to deal with your social anxiety. Yet it’s also important to understand the bad and ugly so you don’t end up trying to deal with your social anxiety in ineffective ways. After all, there are many issues that affect your ability to make social connections so you need all the help you can get!